Some of the most devastating Michigan traffic accidents involve large trucks. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are so large and heavy that they can easily crush a smaller vehicle in an accident and cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities.
Victims injured in Michigan truck accidents do have legal rights. The injuries resulting from these collisions are serious and often fatal. Cases involving death can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
Michigan Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, in the year 2012:
- Large trucks and buses were involved in 9,720 Michigan crashes including 1,464 single vehicle accidents, 91 head-on collisions, 93 left-turn accidents, 2,178 rear-end collisions and 2,874 sideswipe accidents involving two vehicles moving in the same direction.
- There were 77 fatal large truck accidents and 1,792 injury accidents.
- Truck driver error was a contributing factor in a large number of Michigan truck accidents. A truck driver was speeding in 316 accidents, failed to yield the right-of-way in 524 accidents, was using the wrong lane in 458 accidents, improperly backed up in 373 crashes, was unable to stop in 816 accidents and disregarded traffic control devices in 98 collisions.
- Hazardous citations are not issued following all injury accidents, but there were 1,555 truck accidents in the year 2012 that resulted in a citation for the truck driver.
- Truck drivers caused 221 accidents through careless driving and eight accidents through reckless driving, statistics show.
Truck Accident Prevention
Truck drivers have limited visibility. Motorists can prevent truck accidents by giving truckers plenty of room. Try not to linger in their large blind spots along the sides and back of their trailer and never pull up to the right of a truck that is waiting to turn. Unfortunately, safe driving habits around large trucks cannot prevent all truck accidents. There have been a number of incidents where the truck is barreling out of control because of careless or reckless behavior. Speeding truck drivers or commercial drivers who are intoxicated or fatigued put everyone on the roadway at risk. It is possible to hold negligent truck drivers and their employers accountable for their actions, but the process is often challenging.
Steps to Take after a Truck Accident
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be too injured to take any type of action right away. In such cases, it is best to call for help and remain still until emergency personnel arrive. If, however, you are able to move without suffering further injury, there are steps you can take to protect your rights. Make sure you file a police report. It is also useful to have contact information for the truck driver, the trucking company, his or her insurance company and of anyone else who may have witnessed the crash. It is always a good idea to take photos of the crash site, the damaged vehicles, tire marks and of the injuries you have suffered. It can also help to have a journal of your day-to-day struggles since the accident.
Seeking Compensation For Your Michigan Truck Accident Injuries
Injured victims of Michigan truck accidents have the right to pursue financial compensation for all of their losses. Unfortunately, the claim process can be challenging. You will have to deal with not only the trucking firm's insurance company, but also their lawyers. Any mistakes made during the process can potentially jeopardize your claim or can adversely affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Injured victims often need a skilled truck accident attorney to protect their rights. A knowledgeable attorney will help the victim receive fair compensation for losses such as hospitalization costs, lost income, costs related to medical devices and rehabilitation as well as non-economic losses such as physical pain and mental anguish. The experienced Michigan semi-truck lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. will help protect your rights and ensure that you are offered fair and full compensation for your significant losses. We have significant experience in these types of cases and extensive knowledge of the complex trucking regulations for both interstate and intrastate motor carriers. Call our award winning legal team now at 1-800-606-1717 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.