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Why Commercial Trucking Accidents are Increasingly Common

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Larimer County Truck Accident Lawyer

Earlier this month, two people were injured when a commercial truck collided with a school bus on a rural Weld County road. Fortunately, neither of the two students riding the bus were hurt, and the vehicle drivers were not seriously injured. Still, the accident served as a sobering reminder that commercial truck accidents occur often. In 2016, more than 4,200 large commercial trucks were involved in fatal collisions. 

If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial trucking accident, contact a skilled truck accident attorney immediately. 

Commercial Truck Crashes 

Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found commercial trucking collisions are on the rise nationwide. According to the FMCSA, since 2009, truck accidents have increased by 28 percent. From 2015 to 2016 alone, truck collisions rose by an estimated 6 percent, as more than 118,000 Americans were injured in collisions involving tractor-trailers. 

Due to the size and weight of most commercial vehicles (some loaded semis weigh upward of 80,000 pounds), collisions involving them routinely result in severe or fatal injuries to passenger vehicle drivers and occupants.

Why Truck Accidents Happen 

Commercial trucking accidents occur for a number of reasons, including driver negligence and company oversight. Common truck driver-related accident causes include driver fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and traveling at excessive speeds. In other cases, the trucking company is at fault. Whether it is negligent hiring practices or improper truck maintenance, trucking companies can put other travelers at risk as they focus too much on the bottom line. 

Contact a Fort Collins Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer

At Hoggatt Law Office, P.C., our legal team is prepared to fight diligently to ensure you and your family receive the injury compensation you deserve. While commercial trucking companies may try to avoid financial liability, our skilled attorneys deliver an aggressive approach so clients get the outcome they desire. Accident victims can endure expensive hospital bills, costly physical therapy, and loss of work, so we will not allow a large corporation to bully you out of the money your family deserves. To set up a free consultation with a Larimer County personal injury attorney, call us today at 970-225-2190.

Sources:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/12/04/school-bus-semi-truck-crash-weld-county/

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