Accidents involving semi-trucks often result in serious, life-threatening
injuries or death. If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of
a truck accident, recovering from the loss of your family member is one
of the most difficult challenges you will encounter.
At Goodman Acker, P.C., we understand you may be going through a difficult
time and are not only suffering grief, but also facing the weight of new
responsibilities that may have fallen on your shoulder as a result. Our
Michigan truck accident attorneys have been helping families fight for justice and the damages they deserve
for over 30 years. We are ready to help you next.
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Why Are Truck Accidents So Often Fatal?
Drivers and passengers involved in a truck accident are often killed or
suffer serious injuries such as a brain or spinal cord injury. In fact,
according to an article posted in The New York Times, “The Trucks
Are Killing Us,” more people will be killed in traffic accidents
involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic
commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years if past trends continue
to hold true.”
It is more common for such fatal injuries to result in this type of crash
because commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers,
are significantly larger and heavier than other automobiles on Michigan
roads and highways. For example, the gross weight of an automobile roughly
the size of an SUV will range from 2 tons to about 6 tons – 6 tons
being the largest of full-size trucks and SUVs. The gross weight of tractor-trailers
does differentiate as every state has their own weight restrictions, however
in general they are MUCH heavier than a vehicle. Currently in Michigan,
the gross cargo weight of a tractor-trailer combination cannot legally
exceed 80,000 pounds, which is equal to 40 tons.
Truck Accident Death Statistics
According to The New York Times:
- Nationally, the death toll in truck-involved crashes rose 17% from 2009 to 2013.
- Fatalities in truck accidents have risen 4 years in a row.
- Crashes involving semi-trucks are not only killing automobile drivers,
but truck drivers and / or passengers as well.
Statistics from the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts from 2011 include:
- There were 10,885 accidents involving commercial trucks in the Michigan;
- Out of those crashes, 73 deaths resulted.
What Is Being Done to Prevent Truck Accident Deaths?
Many believe the fault lies with the federal regulators responsible for
enforcing trucking regulations. According to The New York Times, Congress
has pursued a number of steps that roll back safety improvements ordered
by federal regulators despite deadly statistics. Some of these steps include
increasing the number of hours a truck driver can work in a week and discouraging
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from investing in wireless
technology designed to improve the monitoring of drivers and their vehicles.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Michigan Truck Accident
wrongful death lawsuit for a truck accident can be complicated and challenging. That is why it
is so important to have a Detroit wrongful death attorney experienced
with truck accident claims on your side. Not only are you going up against
a large trucking company, but it can be difficult to determine the value
of your damages without the help of a professional.
Damages vary, but typically surviving family members are entitled to file
two types of claims. The first claim is referred to as survivor’s
loss benefits. This claim is filed with your own insurance company and
includes damages for your economic losses such as funeral costs, medical
costs, lost income, and more. The second type of claim is a joint lawsuit
that can be filed against the trucking company / driver for your non-economic
losses (aka pain and suffering damages). Non-economic damages include
loss of companionship, emotional pain and suffering, and more.
Get Help Today
Call our trusted attorneys today at
(248) 793-2010 if you believe you have a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved
one in a truck accident. Our Detroit truck accident lawyers can answer
any questions you have, explain your legal rights, and help you determine
the value of your damages. There is no cost or obligation to call and
have a conversation with us. If you ultimately need representation, our
lawyers will represent you under our
trusted no-win, no-fee promise. Call now to get the advice and help you need.