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In a collision between a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, call The Penton Law Group, PLLC as soon as possible. Our Jackson, Mississippi truck accident lawyers are tough advocates for injured victims.
Trucking accident injury claims are complicated cases involving federal regulations and, potentially, multiple responsible parties. After an18-wheeler collision causing serious injuries or death, the trucking company and insurer will have teams of Jackson truck accident attorneys to fight against your claim. Our Jackson truck accident lawyers have the knowledge, legal skill and resources needed to obtain and preserve evidence, determine liability, construct a compelling case based on evidence, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you at trial, if necessary.
As stated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), most fatalities in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. A fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 20 to 30 times as much as a passenger car or light truck. Commercial trucks are taller with greater ground clearance which can lead to smaller vehicles colliding with the undercarriage of large trucks in a crash. Braking is also a problem. Loaded tractor-trailers require 20% to 40% more distance to stop than passenger cars do.
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The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, involving 120,000 large truck crashes, was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to examine causes of serious accidents involving trucks weighing over 10,000 lbs. As stated in the Large Truck Crash Causation Study Analysis Brief published by FMCSA, 55% of large trucks involved in crashes were at fault for the accident. In 87% of these accidents, the cause of the crash was some type of truck driver error.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler, the sooner you speak with an experienced truck accident attorney, the better. Contact our accident attorneys at The Penton Law Group, PLLC right away to schedule a free consultation. We can accurately identify the responsible parties and aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.