Drivers are often wary of semi-trucks, and for good reason. Because of their size, accidents involving semi-trucks can be devastating. And unfortunately, such accidents are fairly common.
Semi-truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Tired drivers trying to make timely deliveries might accidentally fall asleep at the wheel. Drivers might not see smaller cars tucked into their blind spots and change lanes before the other car can move out of the way. Trucks carrying heavy loads might have weight imbalances that make it difficult to maneuver, especially if they need to suddenly stop or change lanes. And, like any driver, semi-truck drivers might be guilty of speeding, driving under the influence, or other forms of reckless driving.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 7,358 large truck accidents in 2014, which resulted in 63 fatalities and more than 2,100 injuries.
Examples of Recent Accidents Involving Large Trucks
There was a head-on collision between a Toyota Camry and a semi-tractor in January that caused the cab of the truck to burst into flames. The truck driver was able to escape his vehicle, but the Toyota driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
On April 28, a 68-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on a federal highway in Dodge County when he was struck by a semi-tractor. Law enforcement reported that the semi-tractor rear-ended the pickup, forcing it off the road into a ditch, where it overturned. Both the pickup driver and a female passenger were taken to the hospital with injuries.
In early May, two other people were injured when their Chevrolet Cruze was struck by a semitrailer while they were waiting to take a left turn on Route 6 just south of Bowling Green. The truck driver said that he had looked down to shift the semi and when he looked up realized that the Chevrolet was stopped. He attempted to swerve but still rear-ended the smaller car.
What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Semi-Truck Accident?
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Then you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Keep in mind that the truck driver might not be the only person responsible for the accident. If he or she was driving the truck in the course of his or her employment you can likely hold the employer liable as well. If there was something wrong with the truck — like poor maintenance or a faulty part — you might also be able to hold the mechanic or parts manufacturer responsible.
You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and other related expenses.
Contact Us Today
The semi-truck accident attorneys at Bye, Goff & Rohde understand that truck-accident injuries can have a long-term impact on your health and finances. With 40 years of experience, we know how to build an effective personal injury case. Contact us today for a free consultation.