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Rear-end truck accidents can result in severe injuries to the victims in the front vehicle. A large truck can put a lot of force behind a collision, leading to severe property damage and a great deal of trauma. Did you suffer injuries in a rear-end truck accident? A truck accident lawyer can help you learn more about your right to compensation and the steps you should take next.
Big Rigs Take Longer to Stop
The average big truck needs a great deal more room to stop than a passenger vehicle. Big trucks may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. That means a lot of force that must come to a full stop–and big trucks often do not have adequate room to stop fast. The extended time needed to stop a big truck is the leading cause of rear-end truck crashes across the nation.
Generally, semi-trucks take 1/3 longer to stop at highway speeds.
Is the Trucker Always at Fault if I Get Hit in the Rear?
If you get hit in the rear, the fault may depend on what led to the collision. But most of the time, yes, the trucker should have allowed more distance between vehicles.
Did you change lanes abruptly in front of the truck driver?
The average passenger vehicle driver, who may never have had the opportunity to operate or ride in a big truck, may not realize how long it takes to bring a big truck to a full stop and what challenges the driver may face if he tries to stop too fast.
If you changed lanes abruptly in front of the truck driver and slowed down, which did not leave him with enough room to come to a safe stop, you may bear some responsibility for the accident–particularly if, for example, you changed lanes abruptly in an intersection and had to come to a fast stop as a result.
Did the truck driver follow you too closely or fail to stop in time?
If a truck driver decides to follow you too closely, without allowing adequate room to bring the truck to a stop, and you must stop abruptly, the truck driver may bear liability for the accident.
Truck drivers bear responsibility for maintaining safe following distance, whether they’re on level ground or navigating through steep hills. Sometimes, however, they may choose to push their rate of speed or linger too close to the car in front of them, rather than taking the time to slow down and reduce the risk of a serious accident.
Did the truck driver’s distraction cause your truck accident?
Even a moment’s distraction–including everything from looking down to check the GPS to try to eat while driving–can prove catastrophic for the driver of a big truck.
Truck drivers need to respond quickly to potential hazards, including a vehicle stopping in front of them. If the truck driver’s distraction caused your accident, the truck driver may bear liability.
Most of the time, the driver in the rear vehicle–in the case of a rear-end truck collision, the truck driver–will bear liability for the accident, since rear-end collisions usually involve poor braking or close following habits of the rear driver.
However, rear-end truck accidents may require more careful evaluation, including a close look at whether you may have pulled over in front of a truck driver. You may also find that additional factors contributed to your rear-end truck collision: for example, if your accident occurred because the truck’s brakes failed, the truck driver’s company, the manufacturer of the truck, or a mechanic that recently worked on the brakes may bear liability for the accident.
Have an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney evaluate your accident to help better determine liability.
Rear-end Accident Statistics
Rear-end collisions account for around 23% of motor vehicle crashes across the United States. They lead to around 2,000 deaths and an estimated 950,000 injuries each year.
2/3 of truck accidents occur because of driver error, including:
- Failure to recognize an upcoming hazard that could lead to a crash
- Incorrect assumptions about the actions another driver will take next
- Following too closely
- Misjudging vehicle speed
Any of those factors can quickly contribute to a rear-end truck collision.
Texas routinely sees more truck accidents each year than any other state, due in part to the high volume of truck traffic that needs to move through the area.
Around 22% of truck accidents are rear-ending collisions with a vehicle in the truck’s travel lane, often due to a truck driver failing to allow adequate following room or another driver pulling out in front of the big truck.
Common Injuries in Rear-end Accidents
Rear-end truck accidents can result in severe injuries, especially if the truck has little to no assistance stopping and continues to plow forward for a while before coming to a stop. Common injuries include:
- Whiplash due to the abrupt back and forth movement of the neck during the accident. Chronic whiplash can cause considerable suffering and limited mobility for many victims.
- Back and neck injuries, including herniated discs or even spinal cord injuries, due to the force experienced by the spine during high-speed collisions.
- Broken bones. Often, the driver of the vehicle will suffer broken bones in the hands and arms because he braces himself against the steering wheel during the collision.
- Head injuries, often due to striking the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat during the collision.
- Severe bruising around the seatbelt. Sometimes, the seatbelt can also cause organ trauma.
- Facial injuries, particularly if the airbags deploy during the accident.
Rear-end truck accident injuries can cause immense suffering and high medical bills. A truck accident claim can help you pursue the compensation you may deserve for those injuries.
Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer to Manage Your Truck Accident Claim
If you suffered serious injuries in a rear-end truck collision, you do not have to handle your claim on your own! Instead, contact our truck wreck law firm today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the aftermath of severe truck accident injuries. Including a personal injury claim that can help you pursue compensation for the financial losses related to your accident.
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