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Tractor-trailer trucks are a familiar sight on the roads in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. Because many people are used to driving around large trucks, they may not realize the dangers that these vehicles present. Unfortunately, the drivers and passengers in other vehicles are likely to be seriously injured in a collision with a semi-trailer truck. In fact, out of the 4,102 people who were killed in truck accidents in the United States in 2017, only 683 were the drivers or occupants of trucks. Occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians made up 82% of the fatalities in semi-truck accidents, demonstrating the risks that these massive vehicles present. 

Truck drivers are required to take extreme care to protect the safety of those on the road. Unfortunately, negligence on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies can result in serious or fatal accidents. One common cause of these accidents is driver fatigue.

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Green Bay truck accident lawyerHere in the United States, thousands of commercial truck drivers travel on the roads each day to deliver their cargo. Commercial trucking is a massive industry nationwide, and it is an integral aspect of interstate commerce. However, due to the sheer number of semi-trailer trucks on the road, accidents and collisions are inevitable. 

When a commercial truck driver collides with a standard motor vehicle, the injuries suffered by drivers and passengers are often incredibly severe, and in many cases, they are fatal. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 4,700 Americans were killed in motor vehicle collisions involving commercial trucks in 2017. If a member of your family suffers injuries in a commercial trucking accident, you may be entitled to significant injury compensation. 

Identifying Negligence in Truck Accidents

Just like in any other car accident case, in a motor vehicle collision involving a commercial truck, the victim’s attorney must be able to prove that the other party’s negligence ultimately led to the collision. However, a commercial trucking accident may differ from other car accident cases in that negligence does not only have to come in the form of driver error. 

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyersDriving near or behind a semi truck can cause anxiety and trepidation, even for the most seasoned of drivers. The reasons are many, but it all comes down to one thing: they are large and accidents with them can be devastating. The same can be said of accidents involving debris and fallen cargo. What options do victims have when they are injured because of such an incident? The following information explains. 

Road Debris versus Debris from a Truck - Understanding the Difference 

Like other vehicles, semis sometimes run over road debris, but because the semi is far larger than another vehicle, the debris can then be catapulted on or into the vehicle of another driver. Typically, such accidents are seen as unexpected and unforeseen events, so compensation may be difficult to obtain. However, if the debris comes from the truck itself - be it cargo or otherwise - the victim of the accident may be owed compensation. Still, victims often experience great difficulty when trying to obtain compensation for such accidents. 

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Appleton truck accident lawyersSemi-truck accidents are some of the most devastating crashes on the road, so fair compensation is often critical for victims. Unfortunately, few are prepared for the intensive process. Learn more about what happens after a truck crash, and discover how the assistance of a seasoned, competent truck accident lawyer can improve the outcome of your personal injury case.

Understanding the Investigation Process

While most accidents involve an investigation, those involving semi-trucks are usually more intense, and they often take longer to complete. Part of this can be attributed to the government regulations that trucking companies operate under, but there are other factors that may elongate the process as well. For example, a driver may be required to complete drug and alcohol testing if there is suspicion of intoxication at the time of the crash. Another issue is that there are often multiple investigations that take place, including:

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Appleton truck accident lawyersOf all the crashes that occur on the road, those involving commercial trucks tend to be the most devastating. In fact, victims of semi-truck crashes often live with debilitating health conditions that diminish their quality of life. Learn more about these injuries, and the compensation that you or your loved one may be entitled to, in the following sections.

Spinal Injuries

Although spinal injuries can occur in any crash, they are far more common in accidents involving large commercial vehicles. That is because a semi truck’s increased size will typically result in a stronger more forceful impact, which is the main cause of injuries to the spine. Thrown one direction, and then another in a crash, injuries to the spine may involve the spinal column (the bundle of nerves responsible for transmitting messages between the body and the brain), the vertebrae (small bones that encase the spinal column), or the discs that serve as a cushion between the vertebrae.

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