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Truck Accidents   

     Truck Accidents   

Generally, truck drivers  are very safe drivers.  For all of the millions of miles driven by trucks every year, their safety record surpasses those of passenger cars by a wide margin.  But, because of the sheer number of trucks on the road, accidents are inevitable.   It is also a well known fact that when truck/auto accidents do happen,  the driver of the smaller vehicle is usually at fault.  With this  being said, it is important to fully understand the reasons behind a truck accident and what may have led up to the failure of an otherwise safe system.   Being involved in a truck accident can leave you with significant injuries that can permanently affect your health and quality of life. Truck accidents are often times severe and fatalities are all too common. According to the NHTSA, in 2013, approximately 95,000 people were injured and 3,964 people died as a result of truck related accidents. It should be also noted that 71 percent of people killed in large truck accidents were occupants of the other involved vehicles. Besides the issue of injury or death, the costs related to such accidents, both immediate and long term, can be staggering.Truck accident cases are more complex than automobile accident cases and understanding their causes can be difficult and challenging. Our firm will thoroughly investigate all aspects of the accident to determine how the accident happened and who was at fault. We will investigate every aspect of your case. Besides relaying on police reports and witnesses, we will also examine other evidence such as the driver logs and vehicle maintenance records.
If you are involved in an accident, it is important that you only speak to authorities at the scene of the accident. Later, if the trucking company's insurance carrier contacts you, be sure not to agree to any settlements before consulting our firm, and in fact it probably isn't a good idea to talk to them at all.  They are not on your side and do not share your interests.  Do not talk to insurance adjustors.  They are professionals who are trained to ask you leading questions that are recorded and that may ultimately harm your case. Anything you say can be documented and then used against you should you decide to sue at a later date.

Causes of truck crashes.
There are many causes associated with truck accidents. Some of the leading causes are:

  • Driver Error:  
    According to the FMCSA, driver error is responsible for 87% of all truck accidents. Of this category 28% was deemed to be related to inattention. The driver was distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle, or failed to observe the situation adequately for some other reason.
  • Speeding
    Speeding was another significant factor in this category. The driver was driving too fast for conditions, misjudged the speed of other vehicles, or followed other vehicles too closely.
  • Driver fatigue:
    Driver fatigue was also cited as a major player in driver error related accidents. Federal law requires drivers to keep logs detailing the number of hours they have driven and how many hours they have rested. It is a well-known fact that drivers who disregard these rules are much more likely to drive while drowsy and be involved in an accident.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance:
     The FMCSA requires that truck drivers and trucking companies regularly inspect and maintain their trucks. If done properly and consistently the chances of mechanical failure are greatly diminished. Unfortunately, these inspections do not always happen. The rules are sometimes ignored or, because of the high cost of maintenance, needed repairs are ignored, or postponed. Examples of equipment failures can include mechanical issues such as improperly maintained brakes or tires.
  • Weather and Load
    Both weather and load can play a significant role in truck related accidents. When a truck is not properly loaded or the weight is not properly distributed on a trailer, the load can shift and cause the truck to topple when it normally wouldn't. A load that is imbalanced or has not been properly secured can fall off the truck onto the road causing multiple chain reaction accidents. 
    Weather conditions can have major impacts on the safe operation of all large trucks. Breaking distances are greatly enhanced because of slick roadways. The wet roads are also slick and a truck moving too fast can easily skid in a turn or during otherwise normal breaking procedures.
What we will do for you
While representing you, we will work diligently to build a strong, persuasive and effective case designed to obtain maximum compensation. It will be necessary to thoroughly inspect the crash site, review the police report, the damaged vehicles and the driver's log.  We will document how the accident happened and the negligence of the driver, trucking company or other parties. We will make a full accounting of your financial losses and emotional suffering for inclusion in your claim.
We will be certain that the trucking company is contacted soon after the crash and make certain that driver logs and other essential records are not lost, destroyed or misplaced. Driver's logs, vehicle maintenance records and cell phone records can be valuable evidence when it comes to determining fault and liability for truck accident cases.  Many trucks also maintain electronic aids such as GPS and telemetry data collection devices which keep constant track of the speed, location and route of the vehicle.
The value of Your Claim
The potential value of your claim is determined by many factors. The type and severity of your injuries , the amount of lost income, the potential for further complications are only several of the many variables needed to be examined by qualified professionals working for you. Were deaths involved? Did you lose a loved one? Pirrone & Pirrone LLP will investigate all aspects of your claim to be certain you get the compensation you deserve.

It is crucial for injured victims and their families to move quickly in order to protect their legal options when it comes to their ability to further pursue their case. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers have dedicated resources working tirelessly to collect evidence and to look out for their best interests. If too much time passes to much evidence can be lost. That's why it important for you to call an attorney as soon as possible.. Injured victims and their families also need a committed advocate on their side who will fight for their rights and protect their best interests.
where do i start?
You have found the best possible law firm for individuals injured in all types of accidents.

Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the many complexities of the law and the necessary requirements  to insure that your case is resolved in a fair and expeditious manner.

The next step is to discuss your accident  and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. 

Do not delay.  Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.   


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