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Car drivers have long been taught that sharing the road with pedestrians and the drivers of other motor vehicles is an essential part of safety on the road. Being as safe as possible becomes even more essential when considering that semi-trucks, 18-wheel hauling trucks and commercial vehicles can be three times the size of a typical sedan. This means three times the force when in an accident, which is why collisions with trucks cause serious injuries, if not death, to those in cars and on motorcycles.
Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States, with about 5,000 per year resulting in death. Typically, truck accidents are caused by the fatigue of the truck operator, as they work long hours to meet the demands of their employers’ schedules. Driving while drowsy has side effects like those of someone driving under the influence of alcohol; fatigue may cause impaired judgment, delayed reactions and loss of attention on the road. Those driving cars and motorcycles need to remain vigilant and attentive around commercial trucks, making sure to leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle to ensure safe passage for both vehicles.
The attorneys at Kiley Law Group have represented the injured victims of truck accidents many times, arguing their cases to obtain the resources the injured party needs to recover. Tom Kiley and his team have successfully defended the injured in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and will fight for you and your loved ones.
The personal injury attorneys at Kiley Law Group understand the extensive medical costs, long-term rehabilitation and lost wages that can burden accident victims and their families. We also know how difficult it can be to receive fair compensation from trucking companies and their insurance providers without legal representation, and we have more than 40 years of experience recovering the financial security injury victims need to restore their lives. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a truck accident, please call Kiley Law Group for your free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.
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There are a few different types of truck accidents, such as:
Medical treatment for yourself and any passengers should be your priority. If possible, collect contact information for witnesses, as well as photos or videos of the collision scene and resulting injuries. If you believe the collision was the result of negligence on behalf of the driver or trucking company, it’s advisable to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers or other large commercial vehicles can result in life-changing injuries that are financially crippling without adequate compensation. Yet trucking companies and their insurance providers often try to limit what they pay. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal options and pursue the financial peace of mind you and your family need.
Depending on the circumstances of the collision and the resulting injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including:
Money cannot make up for all the losses associated with a traffic accident, but it can make the recovery process less burdensome. And you don’t have to worry about up-front costs when you discuss your case with us; our attorneys offer free consultations, and we don’t get paid unless we recover on your behalf.
At Kiley Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims from across Massachusetts. Over three decades of service, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, many of whom have suffered injuries or lost family members in truck accidents.Recent successful outcomes for our clients include $3.5 million for the victim of a tractor-trailer accident; $785,000 for a victim who suffered a crushed ankle in a truck accident; and $650,000 for the victim of a truck rollover crash. Please call 888-979-9323 to learn how we can help you if you were injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one in a commercial vehicle crash.
Every year, thousands of commercial vehicle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Common acts of carelessness that result in truck accidents include:
Fatigued driving in particular is a risk inherent to commercial transit, and to discourage this potentially threatening behavior, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that trucking companies and drivers adhere to strict regulations regarding hours of service. These dictate how many hours over the course of a set number of days drivers may operate their vehicles and how much rest they must take. In spite of this, some truckers push beyond the limits, and some companies encourage their drivers to do so.
Trucking companies themselves often bear a great deal of responsibility in commercial vehicle accidents. These companies may put innocent lives at risk by careless actions including:
The sad truth is that some companies put profit before safety and then try to limit the compensation victims need when accidents occur. If you were involved in a truck accident, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney at Kiley Law Group for a free consultation; we have an established record of success in these claims, and we understand how to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the crash to recover the financial peace of mind you need.
Accidents involving commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers, moving vans, dump trucks and delivery vehicles are different than collisions involving passenger vehicles because the injuries to passenger-vehicle occupants are often more severe and because the commercial vehicle driver is on the job.
Commercial vehicles come in a wide range of types and sizes, from pickup trucks to semis; all of them are dangerous if not properly operated, loaded and maintained. Although some form of driver negligence is responsible for most traffic accidents, trucking companies or shipping agents often at least share liability in commercial vehicle collisions. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a commercial truck, please contact Kiley Law Group for a free consultation with a knowledgeable injury lawyer.
While it’s risky for anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is even more so for a commercial truck driver who is operating an 80,000-pound vehicle. When these large trucks collide with passenger vehicles, it is most often the occupants of the smaller vehicles who suffer the most devastating injuries.
Although alcohol is a factor in many DUI accidents, one analysis of accident data by the FMCSA found that nearly half of truck drivers involved in collisions were taking either an over-the-counter or prescription medication. DUI crashes are entirely irresponsible and entirely preventable, and the attorneys at Kiley Law Group are aggressive in their pursuit of compensation for DUI accident victims.
A jackknife accident can occur when a semi-truck driver slams on the brakes or loses control of the truck in a manner that causes the trailer to swing around at a sharp angle, enclosing or crushing other vehicles in its path. Though jackknife accidents are often the result of speeding or another form of driver negligence, there may be other factors involved in these types of collisions.
Improperly loaded or overloaded trailers can also contribute to jackknife accidents, as can mechanical failure caused by poor maintenance or defective parts. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have provided successful representation to accident victims for more than three decades, and we know how to thoroughly investigate truck accidents to ensure you’re able to pursue the financial security you and your family need.
Commercial vehicles are designed with weight limits, and the FMCSA has additional standards regarding load limits and the securing of cargo. Trucks that are overloaded or carry unsecure cargo heighten the risk for accidents and injuries.
Despite this threat to other drivers, many trucking companies and truck operators attempt to push weight capacities and take shortcuts for a little extra profit. The team of attorneys at Kiley Law Group is dedicated to helping Massachusetts truck accident victims seek the compensation they need to recover and move forward with their lives. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
While considerably smaller than semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles, pickup trucks can cause significant damage in a collision, especially if they’re carrying heavy or unsecured cargo. Depending on whether the truck is carrying a load, pickups are also more prone to tipping or rolling over in a collision, which can pose additional risks to those in other passenger vehicles.
If you were hurt in a truck accident and believe driver negligence or improperly loaded cargo may have played roles, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure a timely investigation and preservation of evidence. Kiley Law Group has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of truck accident victims, and we’re here to help you and your family pursue the peace of mind you need as you heal.
A loaded single trailer can weigh upward of 30,000 pounds, and if it detaches, it can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Runaway trailers are often the result of negligence in properly attaching the trailer, but they may also be the result of overloaded or imbalanced cargo, poor maintenance, or mechanical defects.
Though runaway trailers are a factor in relatively few accidents, they are often deadly. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 540 runaway trailer accidents between 2000 and 2007, with 164 fatalities. Kiley Law Group has extensive experience in truck accident injury and wrongful death cases. Please contact us today for a free consultation if you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a commercial vehicle wreck.
An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle collides with the trailer of a semi-truck and is pulled under, often causing the roof of the smaller vehicle to be crushed or ripped off. Underride accidents are among the deadliest forms of truck accidents.
Although many tractor-trailers today have guard rails, underride accidents remain a major risk. These guard rails have so far demonstrated a high failure rate, even at relatively low speeds. You do not have to face the seemingly overwhelming consequences of a truck accident on your own. The attorneys at Kiley Law Group can provide the strong representation you need to obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.