Any vehicle accident has the potential to cause harm, but an accident involving a large truck can be especially devastating. That is because commercial trucks are not only larger and heavier than passenger automobiles or motorcycles, but also more difficult to maneuver. A “big rig” 18-wheeler may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds fully loaded. Unsurprisingly, truck accidents are more likely to be deadly or to cause serious injuries to individuals riding in smaller vehicles.
Of course, the size and weight of commercial trucks are not what causes accidents in the first place. Often in trucking accidents, as with other vehicle accidents, the cause is some form of human error. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for drivers and trucking companies to cut corners that compromise safety. They may save a little money or time, but eventually, someone is likely to pay, including others who are sharing the road.
At Michigan Injury Attorneys, our focus is on helping those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and who suffered an injury due to a truck driver’s negligence.
Big rigs are not the only kinds of trucks that cause serious injury accidents, but they are responsible for many of the worst injuries. Other trucks often involved in accidents include tanker trucks, cement mixers, tow trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, and other delivery vehicles.
Sometimes trucking accidents are caused by the same factors that cause many vehicle accidents, including:
Drivers are often most immediately responsible for accidents, but they may not be the only ones who bear responsibility. For instance, a trucking company that does not properly train its drivers, or incentivizes them to drive longer or faster than is safe, may be held liable for the injuries they cause. If a truck driver causes an accident due to intoxication, a bar that overserved the driver might also be sued.
Truck accidents devastate lives. No matter the cause, our truck accident lawyer team is here to help you. We believe it is important to fight for compensation for victims and to hold all responsible parties accountable.
At Michigan Injury Attorneys, we understand how a trucking accident can change—or end—lives in an instant. We know that while you deserve compensation, no amount of money can restore your losses or give you back the life you had at the moment before the accident. A financial settlement or award can’t make everything better, but it is the best tool our legal system has to make injury victims whole and hold those who injured them responsible.
With many years of trial experience, we are positioned to pursue the most favorable settlement for you, and if necessary, to fight for you in court. We are committed to guiding you successfully through the legal process with as little stress as possible. To learn more about what we can do for you and your family, contact Michigan Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a truck accident lawyer.