They Just Keep Trucking Along

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.

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Did you know that more people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes for the past 45 years? The United States has a prominent trucking industry. It is also extremely powerful and considered vital to the nation’s economic well-being. Thus, the trucking industry opposes safety changes because they may increase costs and hurt profits for shippers, and eventually consumers.

However, as an average car driving citizen this is very concerning. The death toll involving truck accidents rose over seventeen percent from 2009-2013. The American Trucking Association estimates that only about ten percent of ALL trucks on the road have an active safety technology.

The annual cost to the economy of truck and bus crashes is estimated to be over $99 billion dollars!

Large trucks are DISPROPORTIONATLY involved in fatal accidents. These trucks are estimated to be involved in one out eight of all fatal accidents! It appears that trucking fatalities have become a human cost of “doing business in America.”

This is simply not fair. If you, or a loved one, is injured in an accident involving a large truck, you deserve adequate compensation. These companies cannot take advantage of you. You will need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you through this horrible and difficult experience.

Most Common Acts that Result in Truck Accidents:

  • Many accidents involve trucks rear-ending vehicles that have stopped or slowed because of traffic, accidents, or roadwork.
  • When a car changes lanes abruptly in front of a truck
  • Truck driving companies often have systems of compensation that promote faster vehicle speeds and more driving than would be normally recommended
  • These unrealistic schedules and expectations on truck drivers encourage them to hurry, despite the safety risks inherent in their jobs.
  • Unsafe brakes, the problem rests in commercial trucking brakes not being mechanically safe
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