Fact Sheet About Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled statistics regarding truck accidents and their related injuries and fatalities. Some statistics involving truck accidents both fatal and non-fatal include:
- The most recent data available shows approximately 333,000 large trucks were involved in accidents that caused some type of injury in one year.
- Out of the number of fatalities caused in truck accidents, 71% were occupants of other vehicles – cars, smaller trucks and other conveyances.
- Total deaths and injuries from truck accidents in the most recent data year numbered approximately 108,000.
- In 2012, 719 trucks per every 100,000 were involved in some sort of accident that caused injury.
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It takes skill and training to properly operate a large truck, but even those in smaller vehicles need to be careful on the road nearby. With many miles of road in Atlantic County, including the busy Garden State Parkway, drivers must always be ready, lest they cause injury to themselves or others.
Common Injuries In Truck Accidents
Truck accidents in Atlantic County may vary in type, size and severity, leading to a wide range of possible injuries that can result. Some of the most commonly seen include:
Cuts and lacerations
Many cuts may be superficial, but shrapnel like flying glass and metal can cause extremely deep wounds that may require surgery and a long period of healing.
Broken bones may be mild, but the severest breaks may require pins and plates, surgical reconstruction and physical therapy, to say nothing of the emotional toll they cause.
These often occur in frontal or rear-end collisions, and less commonly in sideswipes. They tend to appear after blunt trauma to the head or neck, and can vary in severity from concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This is the injury that most often proves fatal in the context of an auto accident.
Blunt trauma and abdominal injuries
Blunt trauma does not only happen in the brain; it is also very common to sustain abdominal or chest injuries leading to internal bleeding. These injuries are often very severe and sometimes prove fatal.
Automobile fires are one of the leading causes of unintentional burns. First-degree burns are mild, requiring little treatment, but third-degree burns can require surgery and significant tissue reconstruction at their worst.
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The experienced truck accident attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand that even being as prepared as possible does not entirely prevent the threat of accident. Physical, emotional and mental injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence all deserve to be compensated.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, and need help determining how to proceed, we may be able to assist. The firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. offers free consultations; call us at 888-818-2562 to discuss your case.
Investigating Truck Accident Claims Requires Resources
Truck and automobile accidents often require extensive investigation, simply because someone who is at fault in a wreck will almost never simply admit liability – to do so can have consequences both financial and otherwise. Usually, liability must be proved, either to an insurance company or to a jury.
Truck and auto accidents are somewhat more complex than many other types of personal injury matters, because of the possibility that many actors may have a share of liability, rather than one person. It is important to enlist the help of a law firm well versed in investigating all angles of such complex cases. For example, the driver of a truck may be held liable, but his employer may also be found liable for demanding too many hours on the road (there are federal regulations governing the amount of hours truck drivers may safely travel in one day). A mechanic may also be found liable for poorly performing a recent inspection. Your investigation must be thorough in order to determine liability all the way up the chain.
Like many other personal injury cases, truck accidents may require access to specialized knowledge – for example, maintenance records for the truck, driving records, federal regulations on trucking companies, and so on. While witnesses and other corroborating testimony are always important, written records can help establish liability just as much. Your medical records and expense reports for things like home care and doctors’ bills must also be presented, in order to give a clear picture of your injuries. With clear and convincing evidence of injury and the cause of those injuries, the odds of obtaining a favorable settlement will significantly improve.
After an accident, people very often feel lost. The experienced attorneys at the Atlantic County firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are happy to step in. Call for a free consultation at 888-818-2562.
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