Large commercial trucks have a vital role in our economy — delivering about 70% of all goods in the United States on an annual basis. With so many on the road, most people find it incredibly discomforting to find themselves driving next to a semi-truck or tractor-trailer. Understandably so. The average commercial truck is 20-30 times the size and weight of a typical passenger vehicle. A negligent semi-truck driver can put others in extremely dangerous and frightening situations.

In 2017 alone, over 100 large trucks (a classification of semi-trucks) were involved in fatal crashes in Louisiana. While this number accounted for only 9.6% of all fatal vehicle crashes in our state that year, there’s no denying that when a semi-truck accident happens, the consequences tend to be much more severe overall.

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

There’s a variety of reasons that cause semi-truck accidents. The unfortunate truth is that most of them could easily be prevented. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Distracted driving

  • Driving while fatigued

  • Speeding/operating at unsafe speeds

  • Failure to get the vehicle properly inspected

  • Inexperienced drivers

  • Improper cargo loading

Additionally, commercial truck drivers are under mounting pressure to meet unrealistic job deadlines. That can also lead to unnecessary and risky behaviors behind the wheel, like driving over the federally regulated 11 hours maximum stretch, for example.

It doesn’t take much to turn long-distance driving and oversized vehicles into a bad combination. Semi-truck drivers who neglect to abide by federal regulations, keep up with proper maintenance and inspection of their vehicles or loads, or dismiss poor road conditions and adverse weather warnings pose a much higher risk of causing an accident.



Injuries Caused by Semi-Truck Accidents

Due to the sheer size of a large commercial truck, any collision with one is likely to cause critical and potentially even life-threatening injuries. Though the details of every accident look different, some injuries are pretty common for semi-truck accident victims. Some of these common injuries include:

  • Back and neck injuries

  • Broken bones

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Organ damage

  • Internal bleeding

The injuries sustained from this type of accident may be obvious, but not always. Regardless of the type of physical injury, you can pretty much expect for that pain and suffering to also cause emotional distress. Medical costs and extensive recovery periods can have a major impact on your family’s financial future, adding to the overwhelming stress.

So, if you or a loved one has suffered injuries or loss after an accident with a semi-truck, you’ll want to seek legal counsel for guidance so that you can focus on what matters most. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you better understand who to hold responsible for your injuries after such an accident as well.

Work with Bruscato Law to Find Out if You Have a Claim

If you are suffering from injuries or loss after an accident (especially one that was not your fault) you may have rights to recover compensation from those responsible for your injuries or loss. However, it can be tricky trying to navigate the legal complexities of such a matter. This type of auto accident typically involves multiple cars and drivers. And as one of the vehicles involved, it can be confusing to understand where the fault lies and who is responsible for your damages.

Also, with many complex laws surrounding the commercial trucking industry, it can be tough to build a case on your own against the larger corporations or insurance companies. Having a legal representative in your corner can help you through the very necessary processes of learning your rights and fighting for any fair compensation you could possibly be entitled to.

Bruscato Law has a proven record of successful settlements for clients and will provide knowledgeable, straightforward, and accessible legal counsel to victims when they need it most. Don’t leave the outcome of your case to chance. Let John Bruscato fight for you so you can stay focused on your recovery.


If you have suffered loss or injuries from an accident with a semi-truck, seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Monroe-based attorney John Bruscato can help to put your mind at ease that your legal matters are in good hands. With a passion for protecting the injured, he will fiercely fight for your rights.