Olive Branch, Mississippi, Truck Accident Attorneys
Every year truck accidents kill over 5,000 Americans, including some here in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Passenger cars frequently prove to be no match for much larger and heavier trucks. Out of the thousands of accidents that happen each year, almost 150,000 people are injured across the country’s interstates and highways.
Though truckers are frequently injured and even killed in such accidents, the numbers clearly show that when an accident takes place, the damage is almost always done to the passenger vehicle and its occupants. Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that each year 98 percent of the fatalities in two-vehicle crashes involving smaller, passenger vehicles were of the occupants of the passenger vehicles. The annual death toll from such trucking crashes is the equivalent of twenty-six major airline crashes every year.
Not only are there high costs in terms of human life and injury, there are big costs in terms of money as well. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the financial toll such tractor-trailer accidents take on the country is estimated at $19 billion each year. This money includes the medical expenses resulting from injuries and fatalities as well as property damage associated with the crashes.
In today’s era of technology on demand, it’s tragic to realize that so many of these deadly accidents involve commercial motor vehicle operators who are distracted while driving. Despite being behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle, truckers are routinely found driving while texting, talking, eating and engaging in other distracting activities. Distracted driving and large, dangerous vehicles don’t mix well. Those operating commercial vehicles owe it to other motorists to give the task their undivided attention.
Though texting while driving is now illegal in many states, even talking and driving can be dangerous. Studies indicate that talking reduces the amount of brain activity that can be devoted to other tasks, like driving, by almost 40%. By focusing your attention elsewhere, on phones, food or GPS devices, drivers endanger other innocent motorists on Olive Branch roadways.
If you or someone you know has been harmed in a truck accident you are entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you suffered as a result of the crash. The compensation can include money for medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, physical therapy, rehabilitative care, property damage, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
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 semi truck and trailer accident attorneys at Stroud, Flechas & Dalton.