Cleveland Truck Accident Lawyer
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The dramatic increase in e-commerce over the past several years means greater freight demand and more trucks on the road. Combined with an aging highway infrastructure, this has led to bottlenecks all over the country, particularly in urban areas.
According to recent statistics published by the National Safety Council (NSC), nearly 5,000 people in the U.S. were killed in truck accidents in a single year. In Ohio alone in 2021, 192 people died in crashes involving commercial vehicles, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Many factors can contribute to truck accidents. The leading factors associated with large trucks and their drivers were identified in a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These factors include brake problems, prescription or over-the-counter drug use, traveling too fast for conditions, inadequate surveillance, and driver fatigue.
What Makes Truck Accidents So Deadly?
- By the laws of physics, occupants of passenger vehicles can suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries in a collision with a large commercial truck. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. The average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000 pounds.
- Big rigs are prone to jackknifing and rollovers – even more so when they are overloaded or improperly loaded, or when truckers speed or fail to brake properly. A large truck wreck blocking several lanes of a fast-moving highway can lead to multi-vehicle pileups.
- Semi-trucks and cargo trailers have a much higher ground clearance than passenger vehicles. Underride accidents can happen when a smaller vehicle hits the back or side of a truck and slides under the trailer. This type of collision can shear off the roof or crush the passenger compartment of a smaller vehicle.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact Dodosh Law Offices at (440) 298-2344. Attorney Nicholas Dodosh has the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively pursue the maximum compensation available for your pain and suffering.
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