In 2012, of the over 10 million large trucks on America’s roads, 3802 were involved in fatal accidents. These were crashes that proved fatal to truck drivers, pedestrians or drivers/passengers of the vehicles involved in the accident, according to information provided by the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These statistics showed an increase in fatalities of 4% over 2011. Over 77,000 large trucks were involved in accidents causing injuries, up from 63,000 the previous year. Locally, in Connecticut, 14 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. These escalating numbers are disturbing; our roads need to be safer. Bridgeport-based attorney Jim Miron believes everyone injured by professional truck driver negligence deserves strong legal representation to recover the compensation they deserve for their medical expenses, time lost from work, as well as pain and suffering.
Some Common Truck Accident Types
Many of the terms associated with trucking accidents/collisions are well-known to all of us, including “T-Bone,” “Rollover,” “Jackknife,” and “Head-on.” T-Bone accidents refer to side-impact collisions that occur when trucks are attempting to change lanes. When a semi driver brakes quickly and his trailer swings out and forces the cab to swing back towards the trailer, this is called a “Jackknife.” The expression “head-on” obviously refers to two vehicles colliding headfirst. In a “rollover” a truck’s tires lose their grip on the road (often due to rain, ice, sleet or heavy snow) and truck driver loses control while his vehicle slides and eventually rolls over.
As with other types of roadway accidents, many occur when a truck rear-ends another vehicle or a vehicle crashes into the rear of the truck. With big rigs, smaller vehicles following too closely can “underride” the rear of the much higher rig in front of them, becoming lodged under the semi’s rear trailer. This is fairly common because, in 2012, big trucks were “three times more likely than other vehicles” to be hit in the rear in crashes that involved two vehicles, according to the NHTSA.
Other serious accidents take place when a truck’s air brakes fail, tires blowout (especially at high speeds), or the truck loses its poorly secured load.
Hazardous Materials on Connecticut’s Highways
Another type of truck accident – and one that often makes headlines – involve trucks carrying hazardous, often highly toxic, materials. Even when these trucks don’t hit a pedestrian or another vehicle, accidents that release chemicals can put people in the vicinity who touch, inhale or swallow the materials at risk. Examples of dangerous cargo include explosives, corrosive materials, flammable solids or liquids, radioactive materials or highly toxic materials and more.
Passed in 1975, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act covers many aspects of these accidents, specifically addressing four key topics: packaging requirements, operational rules, material designations/labeling, and procedures/policies for transporting dangerous materials.
Bridgeport Fairfield County Attorney Representing Truck Accident Victims
In addition to plaintiffs injured by the negligence of big-rig drivers, our Connecticut legal team also represents truck drivers, as well as people injured in accident involving delivery trucks, pickup trucks and vans. 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” feature on this website.