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Truck accidents tend to result in more serious injuries than any other kind on Maine’s roadways.  The reason is because an average, fully loaded truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, while an average automobile weighs 5,000 pounds or less. In addition to this size and weight difference, the truck may be carrying hazardous or flammable materials, adding extra safety concerns.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 500,000 truck accidents each year, with the number of deaths due to truck accidents at around 5,000 annually. In 2008, Maine saw 626 truck accidents, and 23 of those resulted in fatalities.

At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we have represented truck accident victims throughout the state of Maine, including Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland. We can be reached at (800) 639-7026 or through our online form for a consultation about your case.

Federal researchers say various factors are often present in large truck crash causes, including:

 

  • use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs;
  • speeding;
  • fatigue;
  • inattention;
  • distractions;
  • work environment;
  • unfamiliarity with the road.

 

Federal researchers have also identified reasons why truckers are involved in crashes. Among them: cell phone use; drowsiness/sleeping; speeding; failure to stay in the proper lane; over-correcting; and erratic or reckless driving.

We have experience and insight in handling truck accident cases and understand the nuances of different state and federal laws that apply to these cases. We also realize that more parties than the truck driver can be held accountable for your injury. Trucking companies, trailer owners, contractors, employers, insurance companies and the manufacturer or shipper of materials being transported by the truck may also be legally responsible for your pain and suffering.

Although Maine has a six-year statute of limitations, the attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott believe it is critical to file a claim quickly so that crucial evidence can be gathered in your case. It also is important to avoid speaking to a trucking company or its insurer until after you have discussed your case with an attorney.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a careless or reckless truck driver, call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.