Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of people die in motor vehicle accidents. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are that in 2014, about 32,675 people died in accidents. Although fatal motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon, nobody expects that it will happen to them or any of their close friends or family members.
While it can be easy for people in West Virginia to take their safety for granted when they are on the road, all drivers should always be vigilant about safety and make it their top priority. Any vehicle can cause immense damage and fatalities, but large trucks can cause unparalleled damage when they are involved in an accident.
Trucks that haul goods throughout West Virginia, like tractor-trailers, are enormous vehicles that have immense weight. Trucks are also heavier and more difficult to maneuver when they are carrying a full load of cargo. In addition, trucks ride much higher than average cars or even SUVs, and trucks cannot stop as quickly as smaller and lighter vehicles.
Because of their size and weight, trucks can cause devastating damage to cars and to the people in them. At James F. Humphreys & Associates, we have seen the effects that a truck accident can have on people. Too many people die in truck accidents, but even the lucky ones who survive are often left with life-altering injuries.
Our firm's website has information about a variety of personal injury issues, including truck accidents. When a fatal accident involves trucks, cars or any other type of vehicle, we understand how to pursue legal causes of action on behalf of victims and their families.