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Massachusetts highways support the millions of Massachusetts residents who use themand commercial providers moving their products down the Eastern corridor. Personal vehicles and large commercial trucks and trailers travel next to each other every day, and the risk for an accident between the two is always present. Truck accidents, which often involve more than one car due to the size of trucks and trailers, tend to be more serious than an auto accident between two personal vehicles. Large trucks can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, while the average personal car ranges only from 3,000 to 5,500 pounds. Because of the size of the vehicles and the number of vehicles often involved in truck accidents, the injuries suffered by those involved can often be quite severe.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2014 a total of 3,660 people died in large truck crashes. Among those fatalities, 68 percent were occupants of a car and other passenger vehicles, while 16 percent were truck occupants and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. A tractor-trailer truck was involved in 72 percent of the fatal accidents, while 28 percent involved a single-unit truck. Additional statistics from the IIHS reveal that in 2014:
- 59 percent of truck crashes happened on major roads, while 31 percent occurred on interstates and freeways and 9 percent occurred on minor roads
- 32 percent of truck accidents happen between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., with an additional 27 percent occurring between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- 18 percent of truck fatalities occurred on Saturday. An additional 16 percent occurred on Friday and another 16 percent occurred on Sunday.
Even if you’ve been in a truck accident that is not the fault of the truck driver, there are still many ways to pursue litigation against the company. These reasons can include mechanical failure, poor equipment maintenance, non-compliance with legal standards and a history of bad hiring, among others. Some of the most common causes of trucking and tractor trailer accidents include:
- Truck driver error
- Truck equipment failure
- Weather conditions
- Truck driver or company selection
- Imbalanced or improper truck loading
Because these accidents are relatively common, trucking companies will often be armed with a large team of lawyers, adjusters, and specialists whose jobs are to minimize the potential recovery compensation for victims. They are trained to act swiftly while the victim is still recovering or the family is still grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is important you contact an experienced truck accident attorney immediately to ensure you receive the best representation possible in your case. Our team of personal injury lawyers in Boston, MA, will work to ensure you receive the best possible compensation for your accident. Common personal injuries suffered as a result of trucking and tractor trailer accidents include:
- Bone fractures, which can often be severe due to the force of the impact
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in lengthy rehabilitation, extensive surgery and even paralysis
- Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Amputations, which can occur if a limb is damaged beyond repair
- Cuts or lacerations, which can cause extreme pain and result in scarring
- Abdominal trauma, which can include internal bleeding and organ damage
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking or tractor trailer accident in Massachusetts, you need attorneys with the experience, credentials and the resources to stand up to insurance companies. Contact us for a free, no obligation case evaluation today, and let us help you earn maximum compensation for your losses.