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Trucking Collisions

A fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. When a semi tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, occupants of the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer serious injuries or death. If you have been seriously hurt or lost a loved one in a trucking collision, contact Brodhead Law as soon as possible. Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients.

Why Choose Us?

  • We have a comprehensive understanding of federal and state trucking regulations and how they impact truck accident cases.
  • We understand the value of serious trucking accident cases and how important full financial recovery is to moving forward with your life.
  • Our lawyers have been fighting for people seriously injured in accidents for more than 20 years. We will not hesitate to go to trial to fight for our clients if necessary, and insurance companies know it.

Trucking Collision Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released facts about large truck crashes:

  • 4,237 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in a recent year
  • 4,761 people died in those collisions
  • Only 841 of the fatalities were truck drivers or occupants of the large trucks
  • 1,687 passenger car occupants, 1,448 light truck occupants, 275 motorcycle riders, and 470 non-motorists (pedestrians, bicyclists) were killed in crashes with large trucks that year
  • 145,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in the most recent year for which injury data is available

How Do Trucking Accidents Occur?

FMCSA reports on the “first harmful event” leading to fatal large truck crashes in a recent year. These deadly collisions occurred as follows:

  • 74.1% Collision with a vehicle in transport
  • 9.2% Collision with a fixed object
  • 7.4% Collision with a pedestrian
  • 4.3% Rollover
  • 2.1% Collision with a bicycle (or other personal conveyance)
  • 0.9% Collision with a parked vehicle
  • 0.4% Collision with an animal
  • 0.3% Collision with a train
  • 0.3% Jackknife
  • 0.2% Collision with another object
  • 0.2% Cargo equipment loss or shift

Common Injuries In Trucking Collisions

Tractor-trailers can easily weigh 20 times more than a passenger vehicle. It is no wonder that when a collision occurs, occupants of smaller vehicles are likely to suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. Types of injuries common in trucking collisions include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Spinal injuries and paralysis

Who Is Liable?

In a crash involving a large commercial truck, there may be multiple potentially liable parties, including:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Truck owner (if not owned by the trucking company)
  • Cargo loaders
  • Truck or parts manufacturer
  • Brokers
  • Flag, pilot, or escort vehicles

Why You Need a Lawyer

Trucking accidents are complex cases involving federal and state regulations and multiple potentially liable parties. Our experienced trial lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to thoroughly investigate the accident, obtain and preserve evidence, determine and prove liability, and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Contact Us Today

If you or your loved one has been a victim of a trucking collision, call Brodhead Law right away to schedule a consultation. We are dedicated to helping you pursue the compensation you need for your future. Our attorneys have a success rate of greater than 99% recovering settlements and awards for our clients.