Cambridge Truck Accident
Semis, 18-wheelers, big rigs – trucks go by many names and are akin to red blood cells of our society, as they transport all kinds of materials across our major highway arteries and deliver the things that we need. However, big vehicles come with big responsibilities and they can pose big threats on the road. If you or a loved one was injured in any number of different ways following a truck accident, contact the Cambridge truck accident experts at Altman & Altman LLP today to get started on a claim for damages.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,440 fatal incidents involving large trucks and buses in 2016, a 2 percent increase from 2015 and a 29 percent increase from 2009. In total, there was an estimated 119,000 injuries caused by large trucks in buses, which amounts to about 326 per day across the country. Suffice to say, truck accidents are common and can happen at any time.How Were You Injured in a Truck Accident?
As with any type of injury, there are many ways in which a truck accident may happen. In trucking, there is far less margin for error than if the operator were in a regular motor vehicle, as trucks have much wider turn radiuses, are unable to stop as quickly as other vehicles and drivers have reduced visibility to see other pedestrians and motorists, especially in their blind spots.
Common truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- A truck driver cannot see a vehicle or pedestrian and doesn’t take proper steps to check for any obstructions and backs up into a car or pedestrian, causing injury
- A truck driver is not paying attention to a sudden stoppage in the road and cannot stop in time, rear-ending a vehicle in front of them
- A truck driver is under the influence of drugs or other mind-altering substances and can’t react in time to prevent an accident
- A trucker is over-tired and falls asleep at the wheel, causing an accident
- A trucker tries to take a turn that is too wide, and causes damage in doing so
- A trucker tries to brake at high speeds too quickly, causing a terrifying jackknife incident
When trucks crash, the results can be terrible and deadly. Injuries can include severe head trauma, broken bones, paralysis, deep lacerations, comas and death. Such injuries can require extensive time in a hospital and necessitate significant physical therapy to fully recovery from. This can mean big hospital bills or suddenly dealing with the unexpected and untimely wrongly death of a loved one.When Truckers Cause Injuries, We’re Here to Help
We understand trucking is a difficult and often thankless job, but we also understand the huge burden of responsibility that is placed on truck drivers to ensure they are operating their trucks safely as to not harm the people they share the roads with each day. Accidents do happen, but when they are preventable accidents that cause injury, we will hold those accountable responsible for their actions.
The personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience helping our clients in Boston, Cambridge and throughout Massachusetts file claims to recover damages to help pay for medical expenses, recover money lost from being unable to work and assist in their recovery following the injury. We will take the time to work with you and understand the unique circumstances of the truck crash that caused your injury.
Call us for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.