When looking at the separate categories of highway accidents in the United States, it becomes apparent that truck accidents are a major cause of death, injury, and property destruction. Every year, people are killed or injured in accidents involving large cargo vehicles. This occurs on a regular basis and most victims in these accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, speaking with a Memphis personal injury attorney can give you peace of mind.
Our team at Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C. is here to help you pursue justice after a collision. Call (901) 509-9112!
Passenger vehicle occupants are at a disproportionate risk when it comes to truck accidents. This is largely due to the fact that semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other large transport vehicles weigh as much as 20 to 30 times what a conventional passenger vehicle weighs. Moreover, these vehicles are often heavily loaded, occasionally with hazardous cargo.
If a truck is improperly loaded, or if the vehicle has not been correctly inspected and maintained, other drivers are compromised. Truck drivers also jeopardize others when they drive recklessly, use drugs including some prescription drugs, drink and drive, text behind the wheel, or skip mandatory rest breaks and feel tired while driving.
In 2014, there were 3,660 fatalities connected with large truck accidents in the United States. Of this number, almost 70% were occupants of passenger vehicles. For more information about your rights after a truck accident, call Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C. at (901) 509-9112. We offer a free case evaluation to all potential clients. Find out how our Memphis truck accident firm is prepared to fight for your rights.