Catastrophic Truck Accident Lawyers
Nearly 8.5 million large trucks were registered in the United States in 2005 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Single, empty vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds are called large trucks. After loading cargo, they can weigh over 80,000 pounds.
Every year, large trucks are involved in accidents that result in over 5,000 fatalities. Even though these vehicles make up only 4% of the roadway traffic, they are involved in 14% of all fatal accidents. Injuries resulting from these collisions are usually serious. If you or a loved one have been seriously harmed in a truck accident, hold the negligent parties accountable.
The lawyers at the Snyder Law Group, LLC concentrate in representing clients with serious injuries in court. Their success can be seen in the numbers. Let their track record speak for itself. Auto accident injuries can be life-changing and when they are, you need a lawyer who will fight like their life is on the line.
What Does a Catastrophic Truck Accident Mean Exactly?
When trucks are involved in accidents that cause serious injury or death, they are classified as catastrophic. While every injury isn’t serious, when damage is serious it requires extensive treatment over time and sometimes cause irrecoverable effects.
When large trucks are involved in catastrophic accidents, passengers in the other cars are far more likely to experience serious injury or death than the driver of the truck. In 2005, only 800 truck occupants died out of the 5,212 deaths resulting from large truck accidents according to the FMCSA. Put another way, 85% of death during large truck accidents were victims in the other cars.
What Injuries Are Seen in Catastrophic Truck Accidents?
Catastrophic Truck accidents often involve the following:
- Brain Injury – Direct blows to the head can result in damage that cannot be repaired and can cause permanent disabilities or loss of cognitive functioning.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Damage to the spinal cord is often permanent and can result in paralysis, loss of use of body parts, and even long-term damage to internal organs
- Paralysis – Paraplegia, or loss of the use of the legs, and quadriplegia, the loss of the use of the body, are common effects of brain and spinal cord damage. While some victims eventually recover the use of their bodies, others are limited in their mobility for the rest of their lives.
- Bone Fractures – Broken bones may require surgery and long-term recovery while limited to a wheelchair or other devices to assist in mobility. Broken bones may heal only to cause pain and suffering for the rest of the victim’s life.
- Soft Tissue Damage – While most soft tissue damage is not catastrophic in nature, these injuries can lead to life-long health problems from which the victim cannot recover.
- Death – More people die in large truck accidents than in car accidents when reviewed on a percentage basis. The loss of a loved one is one catastrophic consequence than can never be repaired.
The Rights of Catastrophically Injured Victims
While usually suffering traumatic physical and mental wounds, victims injured in truck accidents frequently have difficulty finding resolution for who is liable. This makes collecting damages and insurance coverage difficult. The confusion is usually due to the number of defendants as large truck accidents typically involve multiple cars. Each party blames the other for the crash and fault is hard to assign.
The possible parties responsible for your injury include:
- Independent truck drivers
- The owners of improperly packed cargo
- The company that hired the driver who caused your accident
Victims of catastrophic truck accidents deserve to receive the appropriate payment, but sorting out the complex problems and regulations makes it difficult to do so. A personal injury attorney who understands the law surrounding truck accidents could be your key to justice.
With decades of experience figuring out who is truly at fault for their clients’ injuries, the Snyder Law Group, LLC has the track record you can trust. If you want answers, we will find them, no matter how long it takes.
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The Snyder Law Group, LLC proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you.