Mississippi Truck Accident Attorneys
As many people know all too well, truck accidents are some of the most devastating types of collisions that can happen on Mississippi roadways. Crashes involving tractor-trailers, semi trucks, 18-wheelers, or any general commercial vehicle have a higher percentage of deaths and serious injuries than automobile accidents. These accidents are deadly and appear to be getting worse.
As evidence of this, truck-related fatalities rose for the first time in 2010 since 2005, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). Fatalities involving large trucks rose 8.7% according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual report. The NHTSA said that 3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in 2010, an increase of 295 over the 2009 figure of 3,380, ending a three-year decline in fatalities in truck-involved accidents.
There’s a reason that when you hear of an accident involving a truck it’s so common to hear subsequent reports of severe injuries or death. The main reason for the danger of such wrecks is the sheer size and mass of the truck, which by itself can cause a deadly impact. Some commercial vehicles when fully loaded can weigh in excess of 100,000 pounds, many times heavier than an ordinary passenger vehicle.
Second, the speed of trucks and the amount of time commercial drivers spend behind the wheel can also lead to fatal accidents. This increase in speed and driving time results from an increasing emphasis trucking companies place on quick delivery times. The pressure for efficiency can lead some drivers to ignore speed limits and fudge on their required rest periods. Given the dangers posed by heavy trucks, it’s disturbing that so many drivers work such long hours with little sleep.
If you’ve been injured in a Mississippi truck accident, you’ll likely come up against a trucking company and their insurance carriers. Both groups understand the business well and will act quickly to launch an investigation into any accident that involves one of their trucks. In most cases, the trucking companies and insurers have whole departments dedicated only to handling accident claims. Individuals often quickly find themselves overwhelmed and outmatched. The injured parties are typically at a real disadvantage compared to their corporate opponents. The driver may still be in the hospital recovering from injuries while the truck company is busy hiring experts to help in their defense. That’s where the experienced Mississippi tractor-trailer accident attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm come in. We have years of practice with cases just like these and know what it’s like to go around and around with truck companies and their insurers.
Our office has successfully helped numerous individuals recover from the trucking companies who were responsible for causing injuries. Whether the damage is minor or catastrophic, you can seek justice from those at fault. Everyone at our office treats clients with the same respect and attention we would want ourselves. We understand how scary truck accidents can be and are here to help during a very difficult period of your life. If you’ve been injured in a Mississippi semi-truck accident and have questions, please contact the 18-wheeler accident lawyers at The Stroud Law Firm. We guarantee that we will work tirelessly to ensure a favorable resolution to your case.