Most people in the Cary area encounter a commercial vehicle when they drive around on area roads. Most of the time all vehicles, regardless of size, are able to share the roads safely. But, occasionally a commercial vehicle accident occurs that often causes serious injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in a fatal accident. There are over 100,000 people across the United States who are injured each year because of a truck or bus crash. These statistics are alarming and represent the need for improvement on our roads.
There are many reasons why truck accidents occur that may be the fault of the truck driver. One is when a truck veers into another lane. Another is when the truck is traveling too fast. It takes large trucks much longer to stop based on road conditions, the truck’s weight and the cargo it is carrying. Semi-trucks also rear-end other vehicles if the driver fails to leave enough space, which can lead to a serious accident as well. Besides semi-trucks, buses have a responsibility to keep their passengers safe. When a bus driver is careless or negligent, or the bus hasn’t had proper maintenance, it puts all passengers at risk.
An accident involving a truck or bus is often serious. These vehicles are much larger than any other on the road, making even a minor fender bender an accident with serious injuries or even death. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.