When we think about vehicle collisions, most of us probably think about collisions that involve two cars. What we don’t imagine right away is a collision that involves a car and a transport truck. Unfortunately, just because we don’t think about it, the reality is that vehicle collisions involving transport trucks do happen. Due to the size, weight and loads of these trucks, the injuries sustained can be serious or even fatal.

In fact, according to the Ministry of Transportation’s Preliminary 2016 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report, large truck collisions accounted for 19.9% of all road fatalities in 2016. This number was equal to that of drinking and driving collisions and higher than both speed-related and inattentive driving collisions.

Common Causes of Truck Collisions

Like all motor vehicle collisions, there can be many causes for accidents involving large trucks and other vehicles. Some of the most common causes of truck collisions include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving in poor weather conditions
  • Driver fatigue
  • Mechanical failure (like tire blowouts)
  • Speeding
  • Driver not complying with legislation for safe operation of the vehicle (like weight and load restrictions)

Limiting The Causes

Over the years, the Ministry of Transportation has worked to limit these causes and prevent truck collisions by implementing more regulations such as hours of service requirements. These requirements ensure truck drivers:

  • Do not drive more than 13 hours in one day
  • Have 10 hours off-duty a day
  • Keep a daily log of important information like start times and stop times

The Ministry of Transportation also requires all truck drivers to be licenced and trained on how to operate their vehicles safely on the roads.

While these regulations and requirements exist, issues still persist and collisions do happen. That’s why it’s important to understand why it happened and what to do if you find yourself involved in a truck collision.

Common Injuries Caused By Truck Collisions

When truck collisions happen, victims can sustain injuries ranging from minor to fatal. The most common injuries sustained from these types of collisions include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head trauma and brain injuries
  • Internal injuries

What To Do After a Truck Collision

If you are involved in a truck collision that was the result of a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Once you have sought medical attention for your injuries and have reported the accident to the authorities and your insurer, the best course of action is to contact an experienced personal injury law firm to discuss your legal options.

Contact Harrison Pensa

At Harrison Pensa, we know how difficult the recovery process is after a serious collision. That’s why our professional team of personal injury lawyers work to make your legal experience as smooth as possible. Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through all the steps of the legal process to help you file your claim and build your case. If you’ve been injured in a truck collision, don’t wait to get the compensation you deserve. Get started today by contacting us for a free consultation by phone at 1-855-744-9228, or by email at personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com

A word from our clients

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"My wife was involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision several years ago, and luckily she survived, but unfortunately she suffered some injuries."
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January 8, 2016

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