Truck accidents are nearly always devastating, leaving behind severely injured victims who must contend with painful injuries for the rest of their lives. Some of the deadliest accidents on West Virginia’s roadways involve large trucks, semi-trailers and tractor trailers, all of which are the “kings of the road” due to their sheer size and massive potential for destruction. When these mammoth vehicles collide with passenger vehicles on the roadway, the aftermath can be nothing short of shocking. If you or someone you love has been involved in a Morgantown truck accident, don’t delay in contact our Morgantown truck accident attorney to begin the process of filing a claim against the responsible party.
According to date from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in eight fatal accidents on U.S. roadways involves a big truck or tractor trailer—and around six out of 10 fatal accidents involve other vehicles, usually passenger vehicles that can be 1/40th the weight of the involved truck. In West Virginia, there are approximately 1.4 fatal big truck accidents for every 1K miles of highway, which is much greater than the average for most U.S. states.
There are several reasons that Morgantown accidents involving big trucks cause more serious injuries than accidents involving standard passenger autos. Big trucks, semis and tractor trailers:
There are a myriad of situations that can arise and result in a truck accident. Rollovers are common; in this type of truck accident, the truck turns on its side or its top, typically because of its cargo shifting or being improperly loaded. Underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle slides beneath a truck’s trailer or hits the truck in the rear. An override accident occurs when a large truck drives over top a smaller passenger auto—a common accident when a big rig or other large truck tailgates a small car. Nationwide, four scenarios account for more than 50 percent of all truck crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries, including head-on crashes, semis and big rigs plowing into other autos, trucks sideswiping other cars on the road, and rear-end occurrences. Some factors that contribute to truck accidents include excessive speed, impaired driving, poor road conditions and bad weather.
You no doubt have a slew of questions about your truck accident claim. The decisions you make now will greatly impact the amount of compensation that you receive for your injuries, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich, and Fishman, our attorneys fight hard for accident victims, even against aggressive attorneys representing the big insurance companies. Talk with our Morgantown truck accident attorney to determine the best way forward with your claim. Schedule your no-cost case review today.