By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm / July 31, 2013
Every year 5,000 people die and more than 130,000 people are injured in trucking accidents in the United States. The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients who have been injured as a result of semi-tractor trailer collisions and rollovers. These crashes account for some of the most catastrophic accidents that occur on our roads. When semi-trucks and cars collide in fatal trucking accidents, 98 percent of the deaths occur in the cars. The math is simple: a tractor-trailer weighs 80,000 pounds, whereas a typical sedan like a Toyota Camry or Ford Taurus weighs less than 4,000 pounds.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers of large trucks and other vehicles involved in truck crashes are ten times more likely to be the cause of the crash than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance. Driver fatigue, chemical substance abuse, overweight loads, restricted visibility, improper maintenance, excessive speed, long stopping distances, among many other factors, can contribute to cause of these crashes. Trucking companies are responsible for putting safe trucks and equipment on our roadways. These companies are also responsible for hiring safe drivers and for complying with laws that limits the number of hours an operator can drive in a day’s time.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck tractor trailer, you need a Minnesota semi-truck liability lawyer with the skill, experience and dedication needed to tackle the complex factual and legal issues. You can count on and trust the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm’s experience, commitment and resources to ensure that your rights are protected. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck tractor trailer, contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call our firm at (763) 746-7800, or toll-free at (888) 545-7640, for a free no-obligation consultation.