More than 14,000 people have died in semi truck accidents nationwide since 2009. Nearly a quarter of those deaths involved trucks that had been previously cited with safety violations. Furthermore, the type of violation issued to the truck driver may be dependent on which U.S. state the truck is in when the violation occurred, trucking accident attorneys note.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a semi truck, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated trucking accident lawyer.
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Report: Different States-Different Priorities Regarding Big Rig Violations
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets national standards, an analysis from post-gazette.com notes that the agency allows the individual states to decide what’s important and what’s not when it comes to truck safety violations. Texas, for example, puts a high priority on headlights and signals while Arizona is much more likely to cite a driver for logbook irregularities. Pennsylvania inspectors handed out more than 17,000 out-of-service violations for defective parts between 2009 and 2013, making mechanical failure their biggest single category of concern by far.
In a study published in 2014 by the American Transportation Research Institute, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut issued up to nine times as many violations per truck mile than more less-aggressive states like Delaware and North Dakota. It is unclear whether this irregularity of enforcement across the United States affects the rate of big rig accidents on our highways but the hope is there that with more state troopers on the roads perhaps unsafe big rigs may be pulled out of service, the website reported.
Injured Drivers or Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Trucking drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, fatal accidents may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.
Drivers or passengers who are injured in semi truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or ability to work
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from an injury
If a driver or passenger is killed in a semi truck accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek a qualified semi truck accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one killed in a semi truck accident, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to learn more about your options. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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