Car accidents can be devastating. Add an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler into the mix, and the results can be catastrophic. There are many reasons that people get into car accidents in general, but specific reasons that could result in an accident with a commercial truck include “fatigue caused by strenuous schedules imposed by trucking companies, brake failure, brake overheating,” and “poor safety and road worthiness tests performed on the trucks,” as explained by Trucking Truth.
Whatever the reason, the number of accidents involving these trucks is massive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that in 2015, of the approximately “415,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks. . . there were 3,598 fatal crashes and 83,000 injury crashes.”
Therefore, survivors of these crashes are often forced to suffer with possibly severe injuries. These types of injuries can vary from:
- Damaged spinal cords
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed limbs
- Collapsed lungs
The hospital bills and then perhaps physical therapy afterwards can add up quickly; in fact, the average cost of just a 3-day hospital stay can be upwards of $30,000, according to healthcare.gov.
If you or somebody close to you has been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you know the financial strain, physical pain and emotional toll that it can take. Please call us or visit our website today, and let our experts help.