Nationwide fatalities and serious injuries resulting from crashes involving large and smaller trucks are on the rise, with injuries jumping from 728,000 in 2011 to 762,000 in 2012. Bridgeport truck accident lawyer Jim Miron has been practicing personal injury law for more than two decades. In that time, he’s helped hundreds of clients injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles receive the legal assistance they need and fair compensation for their injuries. Jim also proudly defends the rights of truck drivers arrested for motor vehicle and criminal offenses.
Across a number of categories – including different types of trucks and different causes for accidents – the total number of injuries and fatalities rose across the board from 2011 to 2012, according to information provided by The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Alcohol plays a major role in too many accidents involving trucks, among both professional truck drivers and those driving smaller sport utility vehicles. In 2012, 80 deaths resulted from large truck drivers impaired by alcohol, almost twice the number of comparable deaths (43) in 2011.
The statistic for all fatalities involving large trucks (including pedestrians) was 3921 in 2012, up from 3781 in 2011. Among light truck (pickup truck) drivers, alcohol accounted for 1,946 deaths in 2012, up almost 4% from 1,877 fatalities in 2011. For trucks classified as “light truck utility vehicles,” the comparable statistics were 1483 deaths in 2012, vs. 1410 in 2011. So we’re seeing a nationwide increase across multiple categories.
There were 9,396 light-truck accident deaths in 2012, slightly higher than 9,302 in 2011.
Causes of Truck Accidents and Types of Injuries
When we think of “trucking accidents,” we usually think of those involving larger trucks, including delivery trucks and tractor trailer trucks. These vehicles are substantially larger and potentially more dangerous to pedestrians and other drivers than 95% of the other vehicles on our streets and highways.
“Big rig” truck drivers face a lot of stress. They drive for days at a time, often functioning on limited downtime and little sleep. However, this doesn’t excuse the types of reckless driving that cause collisions, injuries and even fatalities for other drivers on the road.
As we’ve documented above, drunk driving is one cause of accidents, but it’s not the only cause. Serious accidents also can be caused by drivers who are exhausted and/or inattentive (drivers who fall asleep at the wheel may cause more wrecks than drunk drivers), speeding, overly aggressive (changing lanes frequently), or tailgating. Often its discovered that truck drivers were inadequately trained for the types of rigs they’re operating. Some type of injuries include:
- Lacerations that not only leave you in extreme pain, but can lead to severe scarring and disfigurement
- injuries to your spinal cord, or surrounding vertebrae, that can result in delicate, difficult surgery, months of rehabilitation and sometimes permanent impairment
- neck and head injuries
- whiplash (which is a very real condition and often appears days after your accident)
- concussions that according to the Mayo Clinic , can result in a painful array of symptoms, including amnesia, confusion, long-term dizziness, nausea/vomiting, slurred speech, extreme sensitivity to light, changes in sleep patterns, memory loss or even impairment. All concussion symptoms can last for days, weeks, and months or longer and, unfortunately, many prove to be permanent.
Bridgeport Attorney Fights for Truck Drivers and Accident Victims
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident, the truck driver or the owner of the trucking company may be at fault for your medical expenses, physical therapy, time lost from work as well as emotional distress, pain and suffering and other expenses associated with serious injuries. Recognized throughout the community for the excellence of his representation and his conscientious approach to his work, Bridgeport-based attorney Jim Miron has more than years of proven experience representing personal injury clients like you.
If you or a loved one needs an experienced Bridgeport truck accident lawyer to fight for your rights, call attorney Jim Miron for a free, no obligation consultation at (203) 339-5991 or use the convenient “contact us” form on this website.