A motor vehicle accident can cause serious injuries to the victims. When the accident involves a tractor-trailer, or other large trucks, the risk of being seriously injured, or killed, increases exponentially. If you have been injured in a Michigan trucking accident, or have lost a loved one as a result of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Slusky& Walt, the American Benefits Experts, or A.B.E., our truck accident injury lawyers can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
At Slusky & Walt, P.C., the founders of A.B.E., we help victims of trucking accidents throughout Michigan pursue claims for injuries caused by the collision. As a victim, you have a right to be fully and fairly compensated for all your injuries and our A.B.E. team will help you secure that compensation.If you have been involved in a Michigan truck accident contact the Truck Accidents Attorneys A.B.E.team at Slusky & Walt, P.C. today at 1-800-ABE-HELPS (1-800-223-4357) to schedule your free consultation so that we can begin working on recovering your compensation.
Michigan Trucking Accidents
In the United States we continue to depend heavily on the trucking industry to move goods and supplies throughout the individual states and across the country. Although we rely on these giants of the roadway we also fear them — and with good reason. Large trucks are disproportionately involved in collisions each year. Though they only represent, on average, four percent of all vehicles registered in the U.S. each year, they are involved in over ten percent of all collisions throughout the country each year. Moreover, an accident with a truck is much more likely cause serious, even fatal, injuries given the size differential. The average passenger car weighs about 4,000 pounds compared to the weight of a loaded 18-wheeler which can top 80,000 pounds.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving tractor-trailers can occur for a wide variety of reasons; however, there are some common causes, including:
- Drowsy driving – truck drivers spend long hours on the road. A fatigued driver can cause a fatal accident in (literally) the blink of an eye.
- Distracted driving – although truck drivers are banned by federal law from texting while driving, the cab of a semi-truck provides numerous possible distractions that can cause the driver to take his or her eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
- Impaired driving –this can include anything from illegal streets drugs to over-the-counter medications that cause a driver to become drowsy.
- Speeding/aggressive driving –a fully loaded tractor-trailer requires about the length of a football field to come to a complete stop when traveling at highway speeds. A truck driver who is speeding, tailgating, or otherwise driving in an aggressive manner can lose control or fail to stop when an emergency calls for it, causing a devastating collision.
- Vehicle/equipment defects –an 18-wheeler is a complicated piece of machinery. A single defective part can cause mass destruction if an accident results from the defect.
Why Truck Accident Lawsuits Are Complicated
A trucking accident lawsuit is predicated on the same legal theories as other personal injury lawsuits, that being negligence. Trucking accidents, however, are often more complicated because of the likelihood of multiple defendants. When a tractor-trailer is believed to have caused, or contributed to, a collision it is common to name the driver, the company the driver works for, the owner of the load being hauled, the manufacturer of the truck, and any other party that could share in the negligence. A lawsuit involving multiple defendants is much more complex and difficult to litigate than the average car accident lawsuit. For this reason, it is essential that you have a skilled truck accident attorney on your side. The American Benefit Experts have the skill, experience and dedication to handle even the toughest trucking accident lawsuit.
At Slusky & Walt, P.C., founders of the A.B.E., we are committed to helping victims recover financially from the devastation caused by a tractor trailer collision. Because you have a right to be fully and fairly compensated for allof your injuries, the A.B.E. will work tirelessly until you have received all of the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact the Truck Accidents Attorneys A.B.E. team today at 1-800-ABE-HELPS (1-800-223-4357) so that we can get started on your road to recovery and financial compensation.