Truck accidents occur on all roads and highways in Maine, ranging from double axle moving trucks to massive 18-wheeler big rigs. Whether it be a truck running onto someone’s property or a full shipping freight jackknifing on the highway, truck accidents are no joke. Causes of these accidents include but are not limited to:
- Traffic violations
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)
- Driving recklessly
- Driving without resting adequately
- Aggressive driving
- Using a cell phone behind the wheel
Much Heavier, Much Deadlier
Large trucks’ weight plays a part in the accidents they are involved with – so much so that they actually account for over 10% of all traffic related deaths while only accounting for a fraction of the actual traffic on the road. There are traffic laws in place that improve the safety level for all drivers on Maine roads. When putting the truck in drive, an operator understands that they are responsible for their actions.
Did you know that a semi-truck doubles the amount of momentum it carries by only increasing its speed 30% when it is moving at highway speeds? The amount of raw energy of a 18 wheeler dwarfs any commercial passenger vehicle.
Large trucks carry specifically legal precedents that need to be taken into consideration if there is an accident.
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If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, contact Nichols & Churchill immediately. There are many different legal actions that you can take against the truck operator, and timing is very important. We work on a contingency fee meaning we don’t get paid if we don’t win your case.