Cedar Rapids, IA – Highways in Iowa and the rest of the U.S. are dangerous places because of the number of miles that trucks and commercial vehicles travel on these kinds of roads. Available data shows that with a greater distance traveled, the likelihood of an accident increases. When someone is involved in a highway crash, it is important for them to have a law firm review the situation and file a lawsuit against the business that owns the vehicle if necessary.
The dangers of trucking
Truck drivers have a dangerous job that can result in devastating accidents. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 5,000 fatal accidents involve large trucks and buses annually. This is a relatively small percentage of the approximately 500,000 total accidents nationally that involve these kinds of vehicles and require a police response each year.
These numbers have remained fairly consistent for decades. However, the number of fatalities per mile driven remains stable for all vehicles on American roads. There are approximately a dozen fatal truck collisions per million people in the U.S. each year. Commercial vehicles and trucks would tend to be more likely to be involved in an accident because they normally spend much more time on the roads and travel more miles than a recreational driver.
Civil cases related to truck collisions
The most important inquiry in any truck accident case is the severity of the losses and damage caused by the collision and the driver’s negligence. For example, an accident that results in only minor vehicle damage can usually be resolved through the insurance claim process without having to resort to litigation. However, if the victim requires long term medical treatment, and their ability to work is affected, the costs of medical care and lost wages can become astronomical. The trucking business will likely have to pay most of these costs through a settlement or jury verdict if they are found to be at fault.
Lawsuits after a family member passes away
When a truck accident is fatal, there are additional legal consequences for the business at fault. They may have to pay standard damages to the surviving family members, plus other costs related to a burial or a funeral service. The person’s future lost income is often another significant expense that is the responsibility of the defendant.
Learning more about civil cases against trucking businesses and truck drivers
The business that owns or operates a commercial truck can be sued if they have caused injuries and are found to be negligent. Eells and Tronvold Law Offices has been assisting accident victims throughout the state of Iowa with success.
Firm contact info:
1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400