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Liability in Trucking Accidents

Posted on May 30, 2014

Liability in Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.

According to the 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.

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8 Practical Steps You Can Take if You’re Ever in a Car Crash

Almost all drivers will experience a fender bender, object collision, or a more significant car crash at some time in their lives. While car accidents can be very scary and stressful, you need to be prepared to take specific steps if you are ever involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1. Get help.

If you or anyone else has been injured, you need to get help as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone you should call 911 and ask the operator to send an ambulance. If you don’t have a cell phone or are unable to move, ask the first person on the scene to call for help. If there is a crowd of people, single out one person and specifically ask him or her to call.

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Types of Personal Injury Cases and Associated Compensation

According to the American Bar Association, personal injury law is designed to protect individuals or their property in the event that they are injured or harmed due to the actions of someone else, or as a result of someone’s failure to act. Personal injury law is sometimes referred to as tort law. Personal injuries can occur in a variety of settings and for a variety of reasons. A primary cause of personal injury is negligence, which is defined by the Insurance Information Institute as “failure to act with the legally required degree of care for others, resulting in harm to them.”

Personal injury may also be based on strict liability or intentional wrongs. The notion of strict liability holds manufactures and designers liable for injuries that result from defective products. In strict liability personal injury cases, the injured party is not required to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or designer, but is instead required to show that the product was manufactured or designed in such a way that it became unreasonably dangerous when used for its intended purpose. Personal injury cases can also be based on intentional wrongs, however such cases are rare. An example of a case filed on such a basis would be if a store patron was wrongly detained by a security guard for suspicion of shoplifting; the detained individual might be able to file a suit for false imprisonment. There are several types of personal injury cases that can be pursued, examples of which are described below.

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The Startling Numbers Behind Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucks are big, trucking is big business, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that trucking accidents are very common. Whether you’re eating fresh fruit in the middle of winter or buying affordably priced goods originally made in China, there’s a decent chance that a commercial truck was involved in transporting most of what you buy. Consider the following numbers:

  • The commercial trucking industry collects $650 billion in annual revenue. When compared to the gross domestic product of the entire country, trucking accounts for 5% of it.
  • There are over 750,000 tractor-trailer drivers and almost 50,000 light truck and delivery drivers employed in the country.
  • Trucking accounts for almost 84% of the total revenue taken in by the commercial transportation industry. The remaining 16% is divided between trains, planes, ships, and pipelines.
  • In a single day, commercial trucks transport nearly $390 million worth of goods. That equals over $4,400 worth of goods delivered per second.
  • There are over three million 18-wheeler trucks operating in the country. They travel over 93 billion highway miles every year, using over 54 million truck tires and 52 billion gallons of diesel fuel to do it.

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Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Posted on November 29, 2012

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.

According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.

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