New Hanover County Truck Accident
According to the Semi Truck Accident Victims Center, approximately 170,000 individuals are injured in trucking accidents and 5000 trucks are involved in fatal traffic accidents every year. Trucking accidents involve tractor-trailer, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and all types of commercial trucks, and one out of every 18 accidents on U.S. highways today involves a commercial semi-truck.
While a typical passenger car weighs approximately 3000 pounds, a fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. Because of this massive size and weight discrepancy, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to produce serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Some of the elements that can influence the frequency of car-truck crashes include:
- Driver training, skill, and experience.
- Vehicle design and manufacture.
- Highway condition.
- Traffic signaling.
- Road and weather conditions.
- Interruption of the traffic flow.
- Improperly secured loads.
- Unfamiliarity with roadway.
- Driver use of alcohol and or drugs.
- Excessive speed.
- Overdriving road conditions.
- Environmental factors.
- Illegal and ill-advised maneuvers (cutting vehicles off, improper passing, driving in a trucker’s “blind spot”.
- Distracted driving.
Time is money, and semi-truck drivers are under continual pressure to meet time deadlines. A sleepy trucker that doesn’t take mandated scheduled rest breaks can be fatal – crashes related to drowsy drivers are 4.5 times more likely to involve a large truck than a passenger car.
Were you injured in a truck accident in New Hanover County, North Carolina? For help obtaining the compensation you are entitled to, contact Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today. We handle truck accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning that if we’re unable to recover damages for you, we won’t take a fee. Call today.