Protecting Victims of Truck Accidents
Semi-truck drivers, owner/operators, and trucking companies have to operate their vehicles in a safe, responsible manner. Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, they are much, much harder to stop.
Eighty percent of all persons killed in automobile versus semi-truck accidents were passengers or drivers in the automobile. Victims typically suffer catastrophic injuries such as traumatic head injury, spinal cord damage or paralysis. Many accidents can result in a wrongful death.
Most of us have seen or experienced the reckless driving of a trucker. These dangerous driving behaviors cause hundreds of truck crashes per year. Negligent acts that lead to accidents include:
- Aggressive Driving
- Cell phone use
- Texting while driving
- Long work shifts and driver fatigue
- Untrained and unqualified drivers
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Failure to properly inspect and maintain lights, safety equipment, tires and brakes
- Unbalanced or overloaded cargo
Truckers are especially vulnerable to the dangerous driving of others. Actually, more truck drivers are killed on the job than members of any other profession. Fatalities for truck drivers occurred five times more often that the national average for industrial fatalities in all businesses combined.
Tom Somos handles a wide variety of semi truck accident cases. These range from negligent truck companies (excessive driver hours, lax vehicle maintenance, etc.) to equipment failures (brake issues, tire blowouts, etc.) to driver negligence (DUI, speeding, etc.) and more.
Tom Somos has represented clients who were involved in an accident with a semi truck. We can assist you with yours. Please contact The Law Office of Tom Somos to discuss your case.
For more information on our trucking accident attorney services for the Columbus, Ohio area, please complete our Consultation Form or call us at 614.488.2270.