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Truck Accidents

Each year…

According to the US Department of Transportation

truck accidents

injuries

fatalities

Top Causes

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Fatigue/tiredness

Driver fatigue can be as dangerous as driving under the influence.
N

Reckless driving

Passing unsafely and speeding
N

Failure to obey traffic laws

Running red lights, failing to use signals
N

Lack of training

N

Carelessness

N

Negligence

N

Distracted driving

Use of cell phone or other device while driving
N

Vehicle equipment failure

Tire blowouts, lack of adequate maintenance
N

Weather or road conditions

Types of Injuries

N

Bone breaks and fractures

N

Burns

N

Electrocutions

N

Internal damage and/or bleeding

N

Loss of limb

N

Loss of vision and/or hearing

N

Spinal cord injuries

N

Traumatic brain injuries

Types of Trucks

N

Mini Trucks

Includes micro vans
N

Light Trucks

Includes minivans, SUVs, pickup trucks, tow trucks, and panel vans
N

Medium Trucks

Includes box trucks, platform trucks, flatbed trucks, firetrucks, and motorhomes
N

Heavy Trucks

Includes dump trucks, garbage trucks, refrigerated trucks, tankers, crane trucks, tractor trailers, and cement mixers
N

Very Heavy Trucks

Includes transporters and heavy haulers

If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, do not delay!

It is important to contact a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible in order to receive swift and just compensation for your hardship. The lawyers at Mattioli & Munley have years of experience with truck accidents and will fight for your rights.

Truck Accident News

More Required Trucker Hours = More Truck Crashes

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is trying to put our communities’ safety in jeopardy.  We have to act, and we have to act NOW. Every year, almost 4,000 people are killed and another 100,000 more are injured in truck crashes (tractor trailer crash, semi crash).  According to a 2006 survey, nearly half – HALF! – of all truck drivers admitted that they fell asleep at least once in the previous year.  Imagine that, truck drivers pulling several ton vehicles, falling asleep with our mothers, fathers, children, sisters and brothers on the road. Before you think this isn’t your problem, know that truck crashes cost our country $99 BILLION every single year. It’s easy to blame the truck drivers for driver fatigue – the driver should have rested, should have pulled over etc.  But there are more culpable people here.  Just like you and I, truck drivers have a job to do and a boss to listen to.  Oftentimes, the trucking companies force their drivers to drive so many miles in a day that sufficient rest isn’t possible. We wouldn’t want a tired surgeon operating on us.  We don’t want tired truckers behind the wheel either. Right now, trucking companies can require their drivers to work 70 hours a week.  Sen. Collins is trying to sneak a provision into the upcoming government funding bill increasing that number. While this bill is being introduced under the guise of avoiding another partisan government shutdown, there is absolutely no reason that our roads should be made deadlier in the process.  The provision Sen. Collins has prepared would reduce our roadway protections which require truck drivers to rest/sleep for a certain... read more

Wal-Mart Blames the Victims in Tracy Morgan Crash

In the wake of the semi truck crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and others and which killed comedian James (“Jimmy Mack”) McNair, Wal-Mart said it would “take full responsibility” if its tractor trailer caused the accident.  However, Wal-Mart’s latest court filingshows those words had little meaning. Instead of accepting responsibility for its employee, Wal-Mart has attempted to “pass the buck”, engage in frivolous defenses, and blame the victim.  Just take a look at the boiler-plate affirmative defenses that Wal-Mart asserts without any reference to facts or evidence in the case. 1st and 2nd Affirmative Defenses: Wal-Mart claims the lawsuit fails to state vicarious liability action against Wal-Mart.  Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine that states that an employer is legally responsible for the conduct of its employee while the employee is performing the functions of his or her job. The employer is held is legally responsible for the negligence of its employee because the employee is acting as an agent of the employer. “For example, if the driver of a gasoline delivery truck runs a red light on the way to a gas station and strikes another car, causing injury, the gasoline delivery company will be responsible for the damages if the driver is found to be negligent.” – Legal Dictionary example We already know the driver, Kevin Roper, is a Wal-Mart employee.  And we already know he was in the process of driving Wal-Mart’s semi truck as part of his job.  And we know that Morgan’s attorneys have claimed that Roper was negligent in driving the Wal-Mart semi truck without sleep for over 24 hours.  Yet, Wal-Mart frivolously claims a failure “to set for any facts which are... read more

Federal Regulations Written to Help Prevent Truck Crashes

Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks are capable of causing extremely serious injuries should an accident occur. As a result, the federal government has passed various laws holding semitruck drivers, as well as trucking companies, responsible when they fail to comply with applicable federal regulations. While the standards may be high, the public’s safety is important enough to warrant the heightened standards. Federal Trucking Laws That Promote Safety Federal law prohibits the use of alcohol and other controlled substances while driving a semi-truck. Under 49 CFR 382, employers are required to implement and follow alcohol and controlled substance testing in compliance with federal law. Semi-truck drivers are restricted from driving or performing any safety-sensitive function if their alcohol concentration is at or above .04. While this BAC is lower than many states’ DUI/DUII laws, the risks associated with impaired truck drivers warrants a more stringent guideline. In January 2012, a federal law was amended by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to prohibit truckers from texting, dialing, or even holding a phone while operating a truck. However, drivers are allowed to use hands-free mobile devices if they require only a single touch to operate. Operators who violate this law may face over $2000 in fines and the loss of their license. According to an ABC7.com report, the legislation came as a response to a Kentucky truck accident that killed 11 people after the truck driver was using his cell phone while driving. Promoting Safety While trucking companies must ensure that their fleet of trucks is well maintained and their drivers are disciplined when safety violations occur, the public should also be vigilant drivers.... read more

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