Commercial trucks on the roadway can cause devastating accidents in the event they hit a passenger vehicle. Due to changes in certain trucking regulations, accidents may begin to increase due to fatigued truck drivers. This can be particularly dangerous as more people hit the roadways as we transition to their normal way of life post-pandemic. As a result of these additional cautions on the roadways, the Salt Lake City truck accident attorneys at Jardine Law Offices P.C., P.C., would suggest several tips in order to avoid any severe truck accidents.
Truck accidents in Utah – These incidents can be severe
According to a recent Salt Lake news article, a person crossing a roadway was killed after being struck by a semi-truck. The incident happened at 600 South and 500 West at the bottom of the off-ramp from I-15. Authorities have claimed that the driver was unable to stop the semi-truck in time as it was leaving the off-ramp. However, this would not be the first instance in which someone was hit by a semi-truck in this area.
We highlight this accident because, due to the size and weight of these vehicles, large commercial trucks have a high probability of causing significant injuries. Whether they are involved in a truck versus passenger vehicle collision or a truck versus pedestrian collision, a semi-truck crash in Utah can be devastating.
Truck accidents can result in serious injury
Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changed truck driver hours of service regulations. Amongst the changes were provisions allowing drivers more control over their breaks as well as allowing them additional driving time in poor weather conditions. This could be a recipe for disaster. With data provided by the FMCSA, we can see that large truck accidents were responsible for the following during the latest year of data:
- 56,422 accidents resulting in injury
- 4,657 fatal accidents
As a result of these injuries, people that do experience a Utah truck accident can sustain numerous injuries, including the following:
- Dislocated or broken bones
- Amputations or severe lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damages
- Open head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
However, each of these injuries can not only lead to extensive medical care and costs for the victims, but also lost income, vehicle repair or modifications, rehabilitation, and more. In certain cases, the victims of the incident sustain the pain and suffering both physically and emotionally from the truck accident and their injuries.
We can assist your case
If you or somebody you care about has sustained injuries from the negligent actions of another driver in a truck accident, call the Jardine Law Offices P.C., P.C. today. Our skilled and experienced team is prepared to thoroughly investigate your case to find out what happened in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to, such as the following:
- Coverage of medical costs related to the accident
- Any income or benefits lost if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the truck driver or trucking company