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Every year, many people in the United States are injured or even killed as the result of a truck accident. There is always a risk of serious and fatal injury resulting from an accident involving a truck. A collision with a truck can be far worse than with a car; a 3,000lbs car is not going to nearly the amount of damage as a vehicle at least three times that size will do.

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. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost 50,000 large trucks and 7,123 buses were involved in injury-causing crashes. Over 70,000 injuries resulted from 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.

Commercial truck accidents can be particularly dangerous. The potential for death is two-fold: the impact of heavy trucks is deadly, and the amount of hazardous and flammable materials they carry can cause fatal explosion. In addition to fatalities, these factors can also lead to the increased chance for injury due to burns or respiratory failure.

The primary legal theory of liability in commercial truck accident cases is "negligence." In order to have an actionable claim against a defendant, the plaintiff must prove that this defendant was negligent that they failed in their duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and the plaintiff's injuries were a result of that failure.

If you have been injured as a result of a truck-related accident in Utah and you were not at fault, then you should seek the assistance of a Utah truck accident lawyer. If the truck was at fault but the driver is disputing this, trying to prove otherwise can be a stressful and lengthy process. However, an experienced Utah truck accident lawyer can help gather, analyze and present the evidence in your case.

You may also want to contact a Utah truck accident lawyer if a family member or loved one has sustained fatal injuries from a truck-related accident. Again, this can be difficult to prove unless the truck driver admits blame and in fact, these cases can even be harder to prove than other claims, because the injured party is not there to explain the incident him or herself. However, your experienced and qualified Utah accident attorney can help resolve this situation in order to get you compensation for your losses.

An experienced Utah truck accident lawyer will be familiar with the laws and statutes of the state of Utah which concern trucks and truck accident claims. Working with an attorney can ensure that your claim runs smoothly and could speed up the process considerably. Your attorney will line up expert witnesses and medical professionals, as well as eyewitnesses, in addition to filing the necessary paperwork on your behalf. If your claim does go to court, your attorney will argue your case in the courtroom and ensure that justice is done.

Many Utah truck accident lawyers will be happy to offer a free initial consultation to hear your case, which will enable you to determine whether you have a case for a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit (subject to circumstances). In most cases, a personal injury lawyer attorney, such as a truck accident attorney, will offer their services on a contingency basis. This means that you won't pay anything until you win your case, at which point your attorney will deduct any relevant court fees, as well as the attorney's fees, from your settlement.

Whether you are claiming for wrongful death of a loved one or for injuries sustained personally, you can rely on a Utah truck accident lawyer to do his or her best to get you the most compensation possible, making his or her services well worthwhile.


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