Fatal Truck Accidents
While any truck crash can cause physical, financial and psychological damage, a deadly wreck can be profoundly devastating, changing a family’s life forever.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our attorneys are committed to helping families who have lost loved ones to truck crashes pick up the pieces and pursue justice. For nearly three decades, our lawyers have been fierce advocates for accident survivors, working diligently to help them pursue all available legal remedies while holding the negligent parties accountable for the devastating losses they have caused.
We understand that financial compensation can never replace a loved one or make up for the losses caused by deadly truck crashes. We also know, however, that seeking justice and financial recoveries can be critical to getting through these difficult times and restoring families’ lives.
Although we cannot undo the past, we are here for you now – and our representation can make a big difference in your recovery and future.
Fatal Truck Accidents: The Causes
Deadly truck wrecks can be caused by the interplay of various factors. When negligence is involved, however, it most commonly arises in the form of:
Driver negligence, including the misconduct of truck drivers and/or other motorists on the road – Driver impairment, failures to comply with traffic laws and driver distraction are just a few examples of how this type of negligence can play a role in causing deadly truck crashes.
Trucking company negligence, which can involve any violation of federal and/or state trucking regulations – Failing to train or screen drivers, failing to maintain trucks and creating unrealistic delivery schedules are just some of the ways in which trucking company negligence can lead to deadly wrecks.
Other forms of negligence, such as failures to maintain safe roadways and installing faulty equipment in vehicles – These (and other) instances of negligence can come at the hands of various parties, only some of which may include cities or counties, equipment manufacturers, vehicle repair shops/technicians, etc.
Fatal Truck Accident Statistics1
- Annually, nearly 4,000 deadly truck accidents occur in the U.S. This accounts for roughly 13 percent of all traffic-related deaths that happen each year in America.
- At least 60 percent of all fatal truck accidents involve two vehicles (i.e., are not single-vehicle wrecks).
- Roughly 61 percent of deadly truck crashes occur on rural roads.
- Nearly 40 percent of fatal truck accidents take place at night or in the early morning hours, between 6 pm and 6 am.
- When truck crashes have fatal outcomes, the occupants of passenger vehicles are at least three times more likely (than truck occupants) to suffer life-threatening injuries.
- Although the incidence of fatal truck crashes has slightly declined since 2013, injury-related truck accidents have spiked significantly over this period of time, jumping up more than 20 percent since 2013.
1: All fatal truck crash statistics in this section are from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and reflect data related to 2014 (the most recent year for which complete data is available at this time).
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
After a fatal truck crash, you can turn to a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for answers about your recovery options – as well as vigorous advocacy moving forward.
Since 1990, our trusted lawyers have been dedicated to helping truck accident victims – including families who have lost loved ones to deadly wrecks – protect their rights as we work to resolve their cases as favorably and efficiently as possible.
Our fierce advocacy is backed by compassion and personalized legal services. With one of our attorneys on your side, you can rely on having support and effective representation at every phase of the recovery process.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, you can receive straightforward answers about your rights and best options for moving forward.
From offices based in Midland, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, our skilled lawyers provide superior service and effective legal advocacy to injured people throughout the U.S.