Rhode Island Truck Accident Lawyer

Compared to other areas in the U.S., Rhode Island has a relatively low death rate stemming from truck-related accidents. Statistics indicate that there were 23 deaths related to truck accidents in Rhode Island between 1996 and 2000, compared to a massive 1,897 deaths in the same period in California. However, it is important to remember that there were also a number of serious and debilitating injuries as a result of truck accidents in Rhode Island over this period.

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. 73,047 injuries resulted 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 (carrying potentially dangerous substances) crashes. Most of the 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.

Anyone who has been injured in a truck related accident in Rhode Island should contact a Rhode Island truck accident lawyer. If you have sustained injury or damage as the result of a truck accident that was not your fault, a Rhode Island truck accident attorney could help you to get compensation for your injuries.

One of the most common reasons why there is a collision between a passenger vehicle and a large truck is because of the passenger vehicles 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 or who are driving a faulty truck or a truck that is overloaded are also reasons for many accidents.

If you have lost a loved one due to a truck accident, you could also claim compensation for wrongful death. Although this is no substitute for the loss of a family member, it goes some way toward recouping any medical and funeral costs, and providing a more financially stable future for the family of the decedent. A Rhode Island truck accident lawyer could help you to get the compensation to which you are entitled.

In recent Rhode Island truck accident news, a tractor trailer truck driver was cited for an accident involving his tractor trailer that caused a traffic tie-up on Interstate 195. The dumping apparatus on his drug collided with the highway on-ramp and the trailer and cab separated, resulting in the cab to land on its roof. This caused the trailer to hit and lean against another car. The truck driver was cited $100.

Statutes relating to litigation and trucking regulations can vary from one state to another, which is why it is important to seek the help of a Rhode Island truck accident attorney as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that you have a legitimate claim that can be filed, in addition to meeting any deadlines associated with the statutes of limitations. A Rhode Island truck accident attorney can be located if you use the locator feature found on the American Bar Association website.

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