Wisconsin Truck Accident Lawyer

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A trucking accident occurs when large trailers 10,000lbs or larger collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of that number, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.

A good proportion of the deaths that occur on Wisconsin roads each year are the result of accidents involving trucks. Because trucks are such large and heavy vehicles, many serious and fatal accidents occur every year in Wisconsin and other states. This results in a high number of lawsuits being filed by those injured, or by the family of those killed, in such accidents. A Wisconsin truck accident lawyer can help someone who has been injured or has suffered the loss of a loved one in such an accident.

According to the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's most recent statistics, there were nearly 3,000 truck accidents in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Rules of the Road govern liability for Wisconsin truck accidents.

Wisconsin truck accidents caused nearly 1,000 injuries and more than 100 deaths. Such truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but certain problems are frequently associated with semi-trucks and tractor-trailer truck accidents. Examples include faulty brakes and the failure of brakes to comply with federal safety standards causing a crash, driver alertness and fatigue problems including the abuse of stimulants like over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions, excess driver blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or driving under the influence of alcohol, driving commercial motor vehicles without the proper commercial driver's license legally necessary to drive certain tractor-trailers.

Trucking revenues totaled $610 billion last year, and revenues are estimated to nearly double by 2015. While commercial trucking growth is good news for the trucking companies and the economy, it is bad news for the cars, vans and SUVs that share the road with these potentially lethal giants. In tractor trailer accidents, 98 percent of fatalities occur to the individuals in the passenger vehicles.

From 1992 to 2002, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased upwards of 10 percent due to drive fatigue, unsafe vehicle operation, large and unstable loads and defective equipment.

If you are the victim of injury or loss caused by a truck-related accident in Wisconsin, you could be entitled to a considerable compensation payout. However, it is important to first know your eligibility and familiarize yourself with the statutes enforced in Wisconsin before filing a lawsuit.

Hiring a Wisconsin truck accident attorney who has an in-depth knowledge of all the statutes, precedents and regulations surrounding truck accidents will increase the chance of a successful ruling in your claim.

It is best to find a Wisconsin truck accident lawyer who specializes in this field, as he or she can then put that experience and skill towards awarding you the best settlement possible. Due to the large size of trucks, an accident can greatly endanger the lives of other smaller vehicles unnecessarily when tractor-trailer operators fail to consider proper accident prevention measures.

Trucking injuries can be prevented if passenger vehicle drivers take special care when driving near tractor-trailers. If a trucking collision does occur, record as much information as possible, including names and contact information of witnesses.

A Wisconsin truck accident attorney can help to recover costs for injury and damage caused by a truck accident that was not your fault, and also for wrongful death in the event that a loved one suffered fatal injury as the result of a truck-related accident.


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