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Dangerous Truck Accidents and Driver Liability

Accidents involving large trucks — defined as vehicles with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds — are surprisingly common in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 were injured in car accidents involving large trucks in 2010. That same year, 276,000 large trucks were involved in crashes overall.

These types of accidents can affect anyone. In recent news, a young boy in San Diego is in recovery after being run over by a city garbage truck and losing a leg. The boy, who was only nine years old, was riding a skateboard when the truck hit him. He suffered internal injuries and broken bones, and he had to have his left leg amputated.

The San Diego City Council passed an $18.5 million settlement in the boy’s favor. His family will use the money to make home improvements that accommodate his wheelchair and to buy a retrofitted car, allowing the fifth-grader to be as self-sufficient as possible.

In car accidents involving large trucks, it is possible to hold the driver or the employer liable for the resulting damage and/or injuries. Although the driver is typically to blame for ignoring the rules of the road, the trucking company might also be held liable for the driver’s negligence because of the employment relationship. There also may have been poor vehicle maintenance or malfunctioning equipment involved.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, contact a personal injury lawyer. With the help of strong legal representation, you give yourself the best chance at success.

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