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Around 25% of all vehicles on Utah’s roads are large trucks like tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, long-haul truck trailers, and buses. Nationwide crash data show that large truck and bus accidents account for 12% of all traffic fatalities in 2016. While the Motor Division of UDOT promotes new driver education on the importance of driving safely around large trucks in Utah, these devastating accidents still occur resulting in very serious injuries and sometimes in fatalities.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi truck accident as a result of a negligent or inexperienced big-rig driver you don’t have to face medical, financial and legal proceedings alone. Legal representation from Utah’s best accident truck attorneys will ensure your needs are met during the course of your lawsuit and that you have a team of caring personal injury advocates to deal with the insurance companies, law enforcement, and the trucking company’s legal representatives.
According to statistics from the US Department of Transportation 4,564 fatalities occurred involving large trucks or buses in the United States in 2016. A fully loaded 18-wheeler may outweigh an average car by as much as 20 times, this weight difference along with vehicle is especially dangerous for drivers and passengers in regular vehicles sharing Utah’s roadways.
Your Right to Compensation after a Tractor Trailer Accident in Utah
It is your legal right to seek compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of another. Holding the driver and the company they work for accountable for their negligence will also help prevent the same dangerous issues from harming others in the future. Compensation for injuries caused in a vehicle accident on Utah roadways involving a big truck or bus may include both economic losses and non-economic losses including:
- Medical Expenses for emergency care, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
- Financial Loss for past wage loss and future reduced earnings and loss of benefits.
- Punitive Damages awarded as a punishment for an individual or company’s negligence.
- Pain and Suffering to include both physical pain and mental anguish.
It is vital to choose an experienced big-rig accident attorney in Utah to establish liability for your semi-truck accident to hold the driver and transportation or trucking company legally and financially responsible in your personal injury lawsuit. Contact Clayton Simms, Attorney at Law for your no-cost case evaluation today!
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Different Types of Big Truck Accidents in Utah
Many of us assume truck drivers can see the road better because they are positioned higher above us, but this is far from the truth. A passenger vehicle traveling in a large vehicle’s blind spots combined with one or more of the following critical reasons or contributing factors can create a dangerous or even deadly situation for yourself and your passengers.
Although federal regulations are in place to limit the number of hours a driver can be driving within a 24 hour time period, many big-rig drivers are paid based on miles. Driver fatigue is ignored when the individual is incentivized to drive further distances in shorter periods of time to make more money.
A distracted driver is an individual who operates a motor vehicle while their concentration, vision or hands are involved in any other task besides driving. Commercial drivers are more susceptible to distracted driving because of the long hours they are on the road and the repercussions have greater consequences due to the size, weight, and power of an 18-wheeler.
While federal regulations require tractor-trailers to be well maintained during operation, some truck companies ignore or overlook compliance. Important periodic maintenance prevents faulty brakes, tire blowouts, loss of steering control and loose or unsafe trailers.
Driver inexperience or inadequate training is a fairly common reason for big truck accidents in Utah. New drivers cost less to employ, but a driver lacking experience or being on an unfamiliar road will dramatically increase the chances of being involved in an accident that may cause serious injury or costly property damage.
Yearly Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
An estimated 30-40% of all semi-truck accidents involve fatigue
6% of large truck crashes attribute driver distraction as a factor
41% of commercial truck drivers with less than 5 years experience are a critical reason for the crash
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