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Have you suffered a catastrophic injury or has a loved one been injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a large commercial truck or tractor trailer?
Do you know what really caused the accident?
Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC has extensive experience in representing the families of individuals who have been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents occurring in the State of Maryland or the District of Columbia involving large commercial trucks or tractor trailers.
Recent data compiled by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reflects that, in the year 2008 alone, approximately 380,000 large trucks, with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 lbs., were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. According to NHTSA, over 4,200 individuals were killed and approximately 90,000 were injured as a result of accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers. One out of nine traffic fatalities in the year 2008 directly resulted from an accident involving a large truck.
Finding Answers: Factors Contributing to Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents:
Several factors typically contribute to cause accidents involving large commercial trucks and tractor trailers. Many are the direct result of someone’s negligence. Some of the most common factors contributing to cause large commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents are:
Operator Distraction, Inattention and Negligence.
Because of their sheer size and gross vehicle weight, the safe operation of a large commercial truck or tractor trailer requires particular vigilance. Large commercial trucks and tractor trailers necessarily have longer stopping distances, greater turning diameters and larger rear, frontal and lateral “blind spots” than an automobile or pickup truck. Many large commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents are directly attributable to operator speeding, improper lane changes and failure to keep a safe distance from other motor vehicles sharing the roadway.
According to data compiled by NHTSA, in the year 2006 alone, 24% of all large commercial truck operators involved in fatal accidents had previous convictions for speeding.
Truck Operator Fatigue and Impairment.
Truck operator fatigue, drowsiness and intoxication from drugs, alcohol or medications are well recognized factors contributing to cause large commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents.
Because of the significant risks associated with truck operator impairment and fatigue, the hours of service of commercial truck operators are strictly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Yet, many unsafe truck operators and unscrupulous trucking companies violate hours of service regulations, thereby directly contributing to cause potentially catastrophic large commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents.
Inadequate Truck Maintenance and Equipment Failures.
Many accidents involving large commercial trucks and tractor trailers are directly attributable to inadequate maintenance or to equipment failures, typically involving the brakes, tires or steering mechanisms. When an accident involving a large commercial truck or tractor trailer is caused by inadequate maintenance or an equipment failure, liability may extend from the owner or operator of the truck or tractor trailer to the mechanic or repair facility responsible for a negligently performed repair or to the manufacturer or distributor of a defective part or accessory. In many cases, large commercial truck or tractor trailer equipment failures also involve manufacturing defects or design flaws, potentially implicating the truck component or accessory manufacturer.
The financial costs associated with having a loved one catastrophically injured or killed in an accident involving a large commercial truck or tractor trailer can be devastating to any family. Frequently, the families of those catastrophically injured or killed are unaware that the accident may have been caused by another’s negligence. Too often, the uninformed victims of accidents involving large commercial trucks or tractor trailers and their families are sentenced to a lifetime of despair and financial peril, unaware that they may be entitled to potentially substantial compensation.
Not all law firms have the experience, financial and technical resources and professional access to the trucking industry, accident reconstruction and medical and engineering experts essential to the successful litigation of complex motor vehicle accident cases involving large commercial trucks or tractor trailers. The successful investigation and prosecution of such complex cases typically requires a multidisciplinary analysis and approach, necessitating the involvement of experts in such specialties as large truck or tractor trailer operation, trucking fleet and safety operations, motor vehicle accident reconstruction, biomedical engineering, operator and occupant dynamics and kinematics and motor vehicle and material science engineering.
We at Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC will help you find the answers by determining what really caused any accident involving a large commercial truck or tractor trailer resulting in the catastrophic injury or death of your family member or loved one.
If a loved one or anyone in your family has suffered a catastrophic injury or death as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a large commercial truck or tractor trailer in the State of Maryland or the District of Columbia, please contact the Law Firm of Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC at 1-800-408-2080 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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