Passenger vehicles do not stand a chance.
A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while a standard passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds. The vulnerability of drivers and passengers is compounded by the substantial ground clearance of semis, which can result in a smaller passenger car underriding a semi-truck.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported more than 4,100 people died in semi-truck accidents in 2019, which represents a 31 percent increase from the number of fatalities in 2009. Occupants of passenger vehicles represented a whopping 67 percent of the fatalities, while just 16 percent of the fatalities were the occupants of a semi-truck.
If you suffered injuries as the result of a semi-truck accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in handling truck accident cases. The legal representation provided by an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer extends from the first meeting to discuss your case to the closing argument made in front of a judge or jury at a civil trial. Hiring a truck accident attorney is important when the time comes to file an insurance claim, as well as if you decide to file a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for your injuries.
At Morgan & Morgan, we have helped our clients recover more than $7billion in monetary damages for personal injury cases. Our more than three decades of experience make us a leader in providing semi-truck accident legal services across the United States. Our team of semi-truck accident lawyers understands how an accident with a truck can be a life-altering event. Not only do we help our clients recover just compensation, but we also recommend healthcare providers that guide our clients down the road to recovery.
Schedule a free case evaluation with Morgan & Morgan to start the process of receiving just compensation for your financial losses.