Suffice it to say if your involved in a car/truck accident in the USA it is exceptionally complicated.
Every winter approximately four million Canadian and Northern US residents (commonly referred to as Snowbirds) migrate south along Highways I-95 and I-75, heading to warmer, sunnier, southern destinations.
Cars and motorcycles have an inherent disadvantage when driving along these highways. They need to share the roadway with a plethora of large tractor trailer trucks. Sometimes it is not for the faint of heart.
There are approximately 500,000 truck accidents across the USA every year. A typical car weighs 4,000 pounds. Large commercial trucks can exceed 80,000 pounds:
Of the approximately 500,000 police-reported large truck crashes in 2017, there were 4,237 fatal crashes and 344,000 personal injury crashes.
The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 10%.
The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5%.
The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 3%.
Approximately 57% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27% occurred on Interstate highways, and 13% fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways.
The majority, 82%, of fatalities were occupants in cars (not the truck).
I-95 is Florida’s most dangerous “truck” highway.
I-75 is a close second.
Importantly, in serious, catastrophic accidents – Snowbirdaccidents.com members can help arrange immediate attention from a health care professional in your home state or province, or meet with you to help process your accident insurance forms (PIP). This is very important since most policies provide immediate help with most medical and rehabilitation expenses.
CAN I SUE?
Importantly, truck accidents must be very carefully investigated. Truck drivers, their trucks and their trailers, are commonly licensed in different states. Trucks routinely have problems with tires, hubs, and braking systems. In addition, each state and province imposes different truck safety regulations. Worker’s Safety Benefits also have to be properly assessed and applied for.
Determining Liability in a Cross Border Trucking Accident can be a complicated process due to the number of factors that could have played a role. The liable party or parties could include:
The truck driver
The trucking company.
Another driver who was at fault
The truck manufacturer
The manufacturer of one or more parts in the truck
What Are Common Causes of Trucking Accidents? They can occur due to a range of factors, including but not limited to:
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Insufficient driver training or experience
Driving too fast for weather conditions
Truck parts or system failure
Cross Border Accidents are exceptionally complicated. Each state has different Tort laws and prescribed time limits in which a claim can be brought. If you do not sue within the prescribed time limit you will not be allowed to do so.
After a serious truck accident, you will need a lawyer in the state were the accident happened, and in the province you normally reside in.