With its potent combination of size, weight, and momentum, a commercial truck speeding down the road can cause serious harm to anyone unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a collision with a semi truck, tractor-trailer or some other type of large commercial vehicle, you are likely facing medical, financial and legal challenges, but you don’t have to face them alone. At Rizio Lipinsky, we’re ready to assist you.
Why Commercial Truck Speeding Is More Dangerous
Speeding is an illegal and inherently dangerous activity. It interferes with a driver’s ability to safely navigate the road, increases the time required to safely stop the vehicle, and reduces the time that the driver has to react in an emergency. While racing down the road in any vehicle creates a hazard, speeding in a large truck poses an even greater threat because this type of vehicle’s massive size and hefty weight already make it more of a challenge to control.
The Trouble With Speeding Trucks
Unfortunately, commercial truck drivers sometimes decide to disregard posted speed limits to meet work deadlines or win bonuses. It is a choice that can have fatal consequences. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large truck crashes killed nearly 4000 people and injured 116,000 more in 2015 alone. How much of a factor is speed? The administration reports that speeding trucks kill some 1,000 people each year.
Injuries Resulting From Truck Accidents
Excessive speed can contribute to a wide array of accidents. Head-on collisions, rear-end crashes, side-impact collisions, vehicle rollovers and multi-vehicle crashes are all possibilities. Because commercial trucks are so much larger than other vehicles, victims of crashes caused by speeding trucks tend to suffer extremely serious injuries. These can include:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neuropsychological and psychological injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Fatal injuries
Constructing a Solid Case for Your Claim
If you have been injured because of the negligence or reckless behavior of a trucking company or its employees, you deserve to be compensated, but securing fair compensation is not easy. Even if you are being offered a settlement, you should always explore your options. After all, an insurance company is not concerned with your best interests; protecting its bottom line is its primary goal. At Rizio Lipinsky, getting you results is our priority. We’ll conduct a thorough accident investigation to establish liability. If the commercial truck is equipped with a black box that records its speed and location, we’ll secure this evidence. We’ll interview witnesses, investigate the trucking company and the driver, and gather copies of the necessary reports to build a solid case on your behalf. How much compensation do you deserve? Medical bills, lost wages, and costs associated with your vehicle can add up quickly. Our team will review your financial losses, consider your future expenses, and place a value on your pain and suffering. Whether the case is settled or goes to trial, we will work diligently to get you the maximum compensation.
We understand that being injured in a crash caused by a speeding truck can leave you struggling to recover physically, emotionally and financially. We consider helping you a privilege. With our team of experienced personal injury lawyers on your side, you can concentrate on your recovery and leave the rest to us. To schedule your free consultation, contact Rizio Lipinsky online or call 1-888-292-8888 today.
- This article should only be used for informational purposes. It does not constitute legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney in your community.