The primary means for moving freight in the United States is the trucking industry. According to a study by the American Trucking Association, in 2003, large trucks and tractor trailers in the United States hauled over nine billion tons of freight. Trucking revenues totaled about $610 billion in recent years, and revenues are forecasted to nearly double by 2015. As the commercial truck population accelerates to meet the anticipated economic demand, the number of passenger motor vehicles on our roads also continues to grow.
While the rapid growth of the commercial trucking industry is good news for the trucking companies and the United States economy, it is not such good news for the cars, vans and SUVs that must also share the road with these potentially lethal trucks. Large truck accident related injuries and fatal crashes are a significant public health problem in the United States today.
Every 16 minutes, a person is killed or sustains injuries in accidents involving large commercial trucks. One out of every eight traffic related fatalities in the United States, and four percent of all injuries in auto accidents, involve 18-wheelers, big rig trucks, tractor-trailers or semi-trucks. In the past ten years, the amount of large trucks involved in deadly crashes rose by ten percent.
The interstates, highways and streets of Massachusetts are full of truck traffic, including both residential delivery trucks and out of town trailers. In Massachusetts, there are approximately 1,075 truck accidents each year, 34 of which are fatal. Fifty seven percent of those accidents occur in rural areas of the state. Out of these accidents, 43% involve carriers whose principle places of business are outside of Massachusetts. Trucks are both significantly larger and substantially heavier than other cars on the road. This explains why 77% of those injured in truck accidents and 86% of those killed in truck collisions are the drivers or passengers of smaller vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and motorcycles. Because of this disparity in size and weight, truck accident victims and their families are often left to face a life-changing tragedy, while the trucker frequently escapes with only minor injuries.
In the aftermath of a Massachusetts tractor trailer accident, trucking companies will often send out representatives, including lawyers and insurance agents, to confront or intimidate injured victims when they are most vulnerable, with the intention of protecting themselves and their assets. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need the experienced representation of a skilled Boston, MA truck accident lawyer. If a loved one has been killed, you need the expertise of our Boston wrongful death attorneys. Our team of Massachusetts truck accident attorney specialists and Boston wrongful death lawyers will be by your side from the moment of the accident to the resolution of your case. Our Boston, Massachusetts truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay a dime until we successfully resolve your case.
At the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates, our highly skilled and expert Boston truck accident lawyers fight to hold truckers and trucking companies responsible for the injuries they cause by their negligent or reckless driving.
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