There is no doubt about it: truck accidents involve some of the worst injuries that we see. Unlike accidents between two noncommercial vehicles, accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles have a high potential for serious injuries and even death. A fully-loaded large truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while a typical passenger vehicle weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Common sense tells us that in a collision between vehicles of such different sizes, there is a high possibility of critical injuries or fatalities. Because the injuries suffered in trucking accidents are typically very serious, it is all the more important that you hire an attorney with expertise in trucking accidents to handle your case.
Central Ohio is home to many highways used by big rigs to transport goods through Ohio and to other states. The number of semi trucks on our roads increases the chance that you may be involved in a truck accident. At E. Ray Critchett, LLC, we have experience handling accidents involving semi trucks and tractor trailers -- and we will fight to make sure that you are compensated for your losses.
Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
There are many potential causes of a semi truck or big rig collisions, from overly aggressive driving to speeding or distracted driving. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of accidents that are directly related to unrealistic schedules set by trucking companies — which can lead to disastrous consequences for other drivers.
Many trucking companies have set up systems of compensation that encourage truck drivers to get to a destination more quickly. This may lead to drivers traveling at unsafe speeds or driving for more hours than advisable in order to deliver goods on time. Trucking companies may set unreasonable goals for their drivers, which cause drivers to bypass safe practices in order to meet these expectations. Trucking companies may not train their drivers properly when it comes to driving techniques, including defensive driving tactics, and safe operation of these large vehicles. These practices may lead to even more trucking accidents, as drivers disregard safety in favor of meeting the schedules set by their employers. At E. Ray Critchett, LLC, we will examine all aspects of your trucking accident case, including the possibility that the policies of the trucking company may have led to the accident.