An accident of any kind can be a traumatic experience when the passengers are faced with life-long injuries and other significant damages. However, an auto accident involving a commercial vehicle can lead to a substantial loss of life and property damage for the victims.
According to the National Safety Council Injury Facts, in 2019, 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, which was a 2% increase from 2018. Overall, truck accidents involving injuries have seen a 43% increase since 2010. Several factors contribute to these deadly outcomes for passenger vehicles involved in a trucking accident, such as the truck’s braking capability, distracted driving, truck driver fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving, and others.
However, the primary issues that lead to these fatal crashes are the massive weight and considerable size of these commercial vehicles compared to an average passenger vehicle. Large trucks are roughly 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles, which increases the risk of more severe collisions, injuries, and fatalities.
The Most Common Types of Truck Accidents
The most common truck accidents include drowsy or distracted drivers, manufacturing errors, improper truck maintenance, and inclement weather. A trucking accident of any kind can be fatal; however, the most prevalent type of truck-related crashes are:
- Rear-end collisions.
- Head-on collisions.
- Blindspot accidents.
- Tire blowouts.
- Wide-turn accidents.
Truck Accident Injuries
No matter the cause, these crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries and death for innocent victims. After a truck collision, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately. Even if a passenger feels fine after the crash, they may face more severe injuries if they fail to take appropriate medical precautions.
The most common types of injuries victims sustain from a truck accident are:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or head injuries.
- Lacerations and burns.
- Back and neck injuries.
- Broken bones and fractures.
- Amputation of limbs.
- Spinal cord damage.
It is essential to hold the correct party accountable in a truck-related accident. A skilled truck accident attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Contact a Cleveland Truck Accident Lawyer
HMW Law has over 75 years of collective legal experience, representing injured victims throughout Ohio. If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, we want to evaluate your case. Contact us today at (216) 220-6776 to schedule a free case consultation.