In 2016 alone, thousands of large trucks were involved in fatal accidents across the country. Since 2005, semi-trucks fatalities have increased nearly 30 percent according to the Department of Transportation.
As the number of semi-trucks sharing the highway with other motorist increases so goes the risk. The sheer mass of semi-trucks can make them more difficult to maneuver or slow down when something unexpected occurs, especially when a driver lacks experience. If excessive speed, distraction or impairment are thrown into the mix, the chances of being involved in a semi-truck accident rise substantially as does the risk of injury or death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck, it is important to get help now. Often times, it is not only the negligence of the truck driver, but also negligence on the part of a trucking company who may not have properly trained a driver, ignored regulations or failed to maintain its vehicles.
Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies: Both Could Be Liable in an Accident
Because it is not always clear who is at fault, it is important to work with an experienced truck accident attorney who can gather and examine evidence including accident reports, witness statements, truck data, accident reconstruction, employment records and more to paint an accurate picture of who is liable in a semi-truck accident so that you can get the maximum compensation for your injury and losses. Contact our Davenport Iowa truck accident lawyers today for help at 563-355-6478.