Massachusetts Truck Accident Lawyer

Have you suffered an injury or damages as the result of a truck accident in the state of Massachusetts? Perhaps you have lost a family member to fatal injuries sustained in a Massachusetts truck-related accident? Whatever the case, if the accident was the fault of the truck driver, you could be entitled to a large sum in compensation.

Recent statistics show that in 2008 there was a total of 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses that were involved in non-fatal crashes in the United States. 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses were involved in injury crashes. There were 73,047 injuries involved in large truck crashes, and 16,760 injuries due to bus crashes. There were also 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses that were involved in tow-away crashes, and 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses that were involved in Hazmat Placard (trucks that carry dangerous, often explosive, substances) crashes. Fatal truck accidents occurred 68% of the time in rural areas, 66% during the day time, and 78% of the time on weekdays. Passenger vehicles are less likely than large trucks to be involved in a fatal, multi-vehicle accident.

Accidents happen every day in states all over America, and Massachusetts is no different. However, the difference between a normal road traffic accident and a truck-related accident is that there is a far higher risk of serious injury or death with the latter. Truck-related accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and can cause horrific or even fatal injuries to anyone involved. Statistics show that between 1996 and 2000, 200 people were killed on the highways and roads of Massachusetts as a result of truck-related accidents.

A common reason why there is a collision between a passenger vehicle and a large truck is because of the passenger vehicle's driver being ignorant of the truck's performance capabilities, including what type of visibility the truck driver has, and the limits that are associated with braking. This can also include changing lanes quickly in front of a truck, driving in the "No-Zones" right behind and beside the truck where the driver cannot see you, and not slowing down or speeding up when a truck starts to change a lane or merge. Truck drivers who are driving fatigued, driving a faulty truck, or carrying an over-sized load are also reasons for many accidents.

Defective equipment can also be blamed for truck accidents. An example of this is in the recent case of a Massachusetts firefighter being seriously injured when a 24-year-old fire truck slipped out of gear and ended up rolling over him. It dragged him down a road and then over an embankment, eventually stopping when it hit a tree. He broke his arm and shoulder blade and had a large cut on his head. None of the injuries were created by the firefighter himself, but because of the truck's mechanical error that caused it to slip out of gear.

If you have been involved in a truck related accident in Massachusetts that was not your fault, it is important to seek assistance from a Massachusetts truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Statutes of limitation imposed in Massachusetts and in other states mean that you only have a certain amount of time within which to file your claim. The same goes for those filing on behalf of a deceased family member—claims must be filed within the Massachusetts statutes of limitation.

An experienced Massachusetts truck accident attorney will be able to use his or her skills and expertise in this area to get you compensation for your injuries or for the death of a loved one. By enlisting the help of a Massachusetts truck accident lawyer, you could greatly improve your chances of getting the compensation to which you are entitled, and you could speed up the process of your claim.

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