Boston Truck Accident Attorney

According to the American Trucking Association, there are over 3 million truck drivers who move 9.2 billion tons of freight annually. However, due to their size and prominence on the road, thousands of people are injured in the United States each year as the result of large trucking accidents.

Large Truck Accidents and Injuries (2000-2014)

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Trucking Industry Laws

The commercial trucking industry is strictly governed by state and federal rules and regulations in order to ensure the safety of trucks on roads and highways. These rules and regulations are designed to prevent common truck safety violations which include:

  • Truck overloading
  • Unqualified or untrained drivers
  • Poorly maintained tires, brakes and parts
  • Excessive driving hours
  • Driver fatigue

Negligently violating these rules and regulations is often the cause of serious truck driving accidents.

Truck Accidents by the Numbers

While many people may think that all traffic related collisions are similar, accidents involving large trucks are more serious for a variety of reasons:

  • Accidents involving large trucks are far more dangerous for other drivers. According to the NHTSA, in 2014, 73% of fatalities and 74% of injuries were occupants of other vehicles.
  • 81% of fatal crashes involving large trucks were multiple vehicle crashes.
  • 79% of fatal crashes involving large trucks occur on weekdays, and of those, 71% happen between 6 a.m. and 5:59 p.m.
  • In Massachusetts, the fatal crash rate per vehicle miles traveled for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is five times higher than non-CMV crashes.
  • Due to their weight and size, it can take a tractor trailer almost 40% longer to stop than a regular car.

Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

It is imperative that a complete and thorough investigation is done following a truck or commercial vehicle accident in order to determine whether there was a violation of any applicable rules or regulations. Trucking companies will often have an investigator at the scene within minutes of an accident to find evidence that can pin fault on the other driver involved. Trucking companies will also try and settle quickly outside of court in order to reduce their financial liability. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, we will employ the necessary resources and investigative tools to recover a full analysis of your accident and get you fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

Reach out to us today if you have been involved in an accident caused by a:

  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Garbage truck
  • 18-wheeler
  • Delivery truck
  • Bus or Transportation vehicle
  • Construction vehicle
  • Tractor-trailer

Call Sweeney Merrigan Law today at 617-391-9001 and we will:

  • Immediately investigate your accident
  • Create a thorough analysis of your case; and,
  • Provide you with a Free, up-front evaluation of the merits of your claim.