Mississippi relies on the trucking industry for the transportation of many types of goods. The industry also provides one out of every 12 jobs for Mississippi residents. However, the reliance upon the trucking industry also results in one of the highest truck accident rates in the U.S.
Role of commercial trucks
Commercial trucks play a significant role in trucking accidents. Commercial trucks refer to vehicles used to deliver commercial products. Examples of commercial trucks include:
• Delivery vehicles
• Freight trucks
Commercial trucks vs. passenger vehicles
Typically, a commercial truck can weigh at least 80,000 lbs. In contrast, a passenger vehicle may weigh as little as 3,000 lbs. the significant difference in size often results in more severe injuries. The state of Mississippi experiences more than 600 fatal commercial truck accidents every year.
Causes of trucking accidents
Victims of commercial truck accidents often need to prove that they did not cause the accident. Courts may often find truck drivers, transport companies or manufacturers responsible for the accident. During the trial, the court will examine the causes of the accident.
Common causes of truck accidents may include the following:
• Distracted drivers
• Fatigued drivers
• Poor weather conditions
• Reckless driving
• Poorly trained truck drivers
• Inadequate maintenance
Monetary compensation for truck accident victims
Victims of trucking accidents may recover compensation through personal injury lawsuits. The amount may depend upon the severity of your injury and the cause of the accident.
If you sustain an injury in a truck driving accident, your first step should involve getting medical treatment. Your medical treatment protects both your health and provides proof of your injuries that you may need if you seek compensation.