No one will reasonably argue that big trucks – that is, the nation’s varied fleet of large commercial rigs – comprise an outlier demographic on roadways in Michigan and nationally.
After all, those outsized conveyances are a key catalyst that both figuratively and literally drives the American economy. They are fundamentally important, and their constant presence on thoroughfares ranging from streets to highways lends assurance that commerce is thriving.
Still, there is unquestionably a persistent and troubling concern linked with behemoths like tractor-trailer rigs, 18-wheel semis and other truck configurations that flatly dwarf virtually all other vehicles on the road. It unsurprisingly relates to crash outcomes.
Why are crashes involving big rigs so devastating?
That header question is not hard to answer. A federal government overview of commercial trucks notes that select vehicles can be nearly 80 feet long and close to nine feet wide. Moreover, they can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.
Such girth and dimensions easily yield catastrophic outcomes for drivers and passengers in other vehicles who become involved in large-truck crashes. Sadly, those occur with numbing frequency.
Where does responsibility reside in a commercial truck crash?
Truck-tied crash causes notably vary. We note on our website at the proven Michigan personal injury law firm of Holmes & Wiseley that, “There are numerous potential reasons for a truck accident.”
Dedicated and aggressive pro-victims’ attorneys diligently investigate every possible crash catalyst, both to ensure accurate fact finding and to pursue maximum compensation for valued clients. Contributing injury sources can range broadly from negligence on the part of a truck driver, parts manufacturer and/or truck company management to freight loaders, maintenance providers and additional parties.
A legal team focused on a maximum client recovery will diligently pursue every possible source contributing to an adverse crash outcome. Doing so ensures accident accountability, future deterrence and a meaningful result for injured victims and their families.