Providence Semi Truck Accident Lawyer
Large commercial trucks play a crucial role in the nation’s economy, carrying products across the nation every day to keep businesses running and consumers satisfied. However, the presence of large trucks on the roads and highways increases the chances of serious accidents, resulting in injuries that are often worse than an average passenger vehicle accident. The Providence truck accident attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush work throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut to represent those injured and the families of those killed in truck accidents caused by the negligence of others.
Understanding Truck Crash Statistics
While government restrictions and safety enforcement have reduced the number of annual truck accidents, thousands of people are killed and injured every year in preventable tractor trailer crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,978 fatalities and 88,000 injuries caused by truck crashes in 2014. The majority of people injured in accidents involving large trucks are occupants of other vehicles.
5 Ways A Tractor Trailer Accident Differs from A Car Accident
To understand why it is so important to have an experienced auto accident lawyer handle your truck accident claim, look at some of the ways that truck accidents differ from crashes that involve only passenger vehicles. Five key differences are:
Negligent Behavior in a Truck Crash
Recent studies have found that there are certain types of unsafe truck driver behaviors that commonly result in accidents. While many of these behaviors are similar in nature to causes of all vehicle accidents, truck accidents can result in much more devastating injuries. Some of the dangerous behaviors include:
- Improper use of or failure to use turn signals;
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions;
- Distracted driving caused by handheld cell phone use and/or texting;
- Driver fatigue;
- Not obeying traffic signals;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs including prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications;
- Tailgating or other aggressive driving;
- Fatigued driving;
- Too much work pressure on drivers;
- Drivers’ lack of familiarity with the roads;
- Improper loading of the truck, including failure to secure cargo;
- Brake failures or other problems with the truck; and
- Defects in the road.
Impaired Driving by Truckers is a Cause of 18-Wheeler Wrecks
Driving a tractor-trailer or other heavy truck is a demanding task that requires a driver to be mentally clear and alert. Unfortunately, some truckers take substances that impair their ability to drive safely. Whether a driver uses prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, illegal drugs or alcohol, impaired driving can lead to serious truck accidents.
The FMCSA estimates that 26 percent of truck accidents involve prescription drug use by the driver. The use of over-the-counter medications is a factor in 17.3 percent of collisions, and illegal drugs are involved in about 2 percent of truck accidents. Drunk driving on the part of the trucker is a factor in 1 percent of crashes.
If you were seriously hurt in a truck crash and believe that drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, our experienced Rhode Island accident attorneys have helped many injured people obtain compensation after a collision caused by an impaired driver.
Can I Take Legal Action Against an Impaired Trucker Who Caused a Collision?
Commercial drivers must be sober and alert when behind the wheel. Truckers are considered to be impaired if they have a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher. This is half of the legal limit of 0.08 for most other drivers.
If a truck driver is impaired and causes a crash, this may make the trucker legally responsible for the damages that result. Driver intoxication or impairment creates a presumption that the trucker was unreasonably careless. This means you may need to show that the truck driver’s actions were the direct cause of your injuries.
In most truck accident cases, you may have a right to take legal action against an impaired driver and against the trucking company that employed him or her. A trucking company may be held legally liable for any negligent behavior of employees on the job and for the company’s own negligence. If the company did not do routine drug tests according to industry standards or failed to have a reasonable anti-drug policy in place, the company may be liable.
Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Truck accidents include common collisions such as rear-end accidents, head-on crashes, and roll-over accidents. These accidents are made more severe by the weight and size of large trucks. When a truck crashes into a passenger car, the truck can crush the passenger compartment of the smaller vehicle, even at relatively low speeds.
Trucks can also cause accidents unique to the vehicle, such as:
- Runaway trailers; and
- Hazardous material spills.
These accidents can result in widespread damage to the surrounding area and multiple vehicles.
You Can Depend On Our Providence Truck Accident Attorney
A semi truck accident lawyer from Marasco & Nesselbush can help determine if you have a case because we frequently see the harm caused by negligent and reckless truck driving. Those who have been harmed deserve fair and full compensation for their injuries. Marasco & Nesselbush has years of experience fighting for accident victims. In each accident case we handle, our attorneys seek to deliver extraordinary legal results, obtain full and fair compensation for our clients and hold the responsible parties and their insurance companies accountable. Contact us at one of our offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut and request a free case evaluation today by calling or by completing our web contact form.