Injured in a Truck Accident in Maine?
Serving Truck Accident Victims in Portland, Augusta, Saco, Bangor, and Biddeford
If so, you are not alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011 3,757 people were killed and 88,000 injured in crashes involving large trucks. In 2011, 10% of fatal traffic accidents in Maine involved a large truck. If your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or any other party, you could be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact an injury attorney right away.
Truck crashes are on the rise. According to the NHTSA, fatalities resulting from large truck collisions increased by 2% from 2010 to 2011. Though large trucks (defined as trucks with a “gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds”) only make up 4% of all registered vehicles in the United States, they are responsible for 8% of auto collisions involving fatalities and 3% of auto collision involving injuries.
Types of Large Truck Accidents
Because trucks are much larger and more powerful than other vehicles, accident involving a truck and a car can be much more dangerous for occupants of the smaller vehicle. The NHTSA states that in 2011, occupants in smaller vehicles involved in a serious accident with a large truck were injured or killed 72% of the time. Additionally, 80% of fatal crashes resulting from large trucks involved multiple vehicles while only 58% of passenger vehicle accidents involved more than one car.
The NHTSA's truck crash research shows that 45% of fatal truck crashes involve the truck and another vehicle both proceeding in the same direction right before the collision, 8% of trucking crashes involve an accident where one vehicle was turning while another was passing, and 28% involve one vehicle negotiating a turn. Additionally, 6% of fatal truck crashes involve one vehicle being stopped or parked at the time of the accident.
Injuries sustained from truck accidents can be eligible for compensation when they involve negligence. Negligence can be shown in many ways, including:
- Driver Error: The accident resulted in the large truck driver making an error or misjudgment while operating their vehicle. This includes, changing lanes without checking their blind spot, falling asleep at the wheel, etc.
- Distracted Driver: Even if the driver did not intend on being distracted, anyone operating a vehicle who takes their eyes or attention off of the task of driving could be held responsible for an accident that results from their inattentiveness.
- Maintenance Issues: An accident that results from a truck being poorly maintained could the fault of the driver or the company that employs them.
Get Compensated for Your Truck Accident Injuries
Regardless of how an accident occurs, when the error is due to negligence, the responsible party can be held liable for medical bills, lost wages from missed work and more. If a death was experienced, the family may be entitled to compensation for wrongful death of their loved one. For more information about filing a personal injury truck accident claim in Maine, contact WTB Law for a free consultation.