The transportation industry has undergone tremendous growth in the last few years. More and more 18-wheelers, semis, tractor trailers, vans and tour buses are sharing the road with passenger vehicles, and catastrophic accidents are often result when those trucks and passenger cars collide.
If you have suffered injury or harm in an accident with a truck, take the first step to protect your legal rights - contact the truck accident attorneys at Law Offices of Brent J. Rhodes, L.L.C. Call 1- 877-360-BRENT today or submit an online request. We have helped truck accidents victims from across Louisiana.
Crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles including automobiles, pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles are on the rise. Large trucks account for a 2.3 fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled vs. 1.5 for vehicles. In 2007, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and propertydamage- only crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One out of nine traffic fatalities in 2007 resulted from a collision involving a large truck.
The most common types of truck crashes are rear-end, ran off road/out of lane, side swipe, rollover, turning across path/into path, and intersecting vehicles. The most common causes of truck crashes include driver drug use, traveling too fast for conditions, unfamiliarity with local roads and fatigue. Trucks handle about half of the tonnage carried between cities in the United States. With larger vehicles, freight can be moved at lower cost. The current federal guidelines set the maximum allowed weight for a tractor/trailer at 80,000 pounds. When an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler runs into a vehicle, it often results in substantial damage to property and serious bodily injuries.
The law firm of Law Offices of Brent J. Rhodes, L.L.C. has successfully litigated cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death from 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, bus and automobile accidents.
Victims of 18-wheeler truck or large commercial motor vehicle collisions deserve an experienced truck accident attorney to represent them against the trucking company and insurance company. An experienced truck accident attorney goes beyond the negligence of the truck driver and investigates the trucking company for negligence in hiring, supervision and entrustment of the 18-wheeler truck. A large commercial motor vehicle is defined as follows:
- having a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds;
- a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver;
- or transporting hazardous materials in quantities requiring the vehicle to be placarded.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the truck accident law firm of Brent J. Rhodes. I have represented thousands of personal injury victims including truck accident victims in personal litigation, and we're ready to help you. We'll review your situation free of charge and advise you of your legal options. Results are how we measure success. We've built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we'll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.
If you have suffered injury or harm due to a truck-related accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights - contact Brent J. Rhodes. You only have a limited time after your accident to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Call 1-877-360-BRENT today or submit an online request.