Accidents between 18 Wheeler Trucks and passenger vehicles are typically horrendous events. The incredible weight differences between vehicles at impact can result in serious injury or even death.
Some of the latest compiled data*, from 2009, show that large trucks accounted for 7 percent of the vehicles in fatal crashes. Of the 3,215 large trucks involved in fatal crashes, 73 percent were combination trucks.
Texas has an unusually high number of fatalities related to Large Truck accidents - 58 occupants were killed in accidents that involved a large truck, accounting for over 10% of the nations incidents of this kind. We have represented clients who drive our highways and interstates and who have been involved in accidents of this nature.
You, as a motorist have come to expect 18 wheeler truck drivers to operate their vehicles safely and professionally, but you should also know that these drivers are required to carry more insurance coverage and meet higher safety standards - many requirements that are in fact federally mandated. Let the Ardoin Law Firm P.C. be responsible for imposing additional liability on these drivers if they fail to meet these standards.
And keep in mind that even the smaller commercial trucks are involved in traffic accidents at an even higher rate than the 18 wheeler trucks. No matter the vehicle size, be sure to Contact Our Firm so that we can perform a full investigation of the driver's road record, the truck companies hiring practices, their maintenance logs, and any other factors that may have contributed to their negligence.