Well-known rapper, 50 Cent, was recently involved in truck accident while being driven in his sport utility vehicle (SUV) along the Long Island Expressway in New York. A Mack truck rear-ended the singer’s vehicle. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, and his driver were taken to Queens Hospital where the rapper was treated for minor injuries to his neck and back. It was reported that the truck driver lost control of his truck when the load he was transporting suddenly shifted.
An accident with a large truck can change your life in just a few short seconds. Each year, trucking accidents cause thousands of people to suffer from injuries and death. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that nearly 74,000 people were injured and 3,380 killed in large truck accidents that year. Seventy five percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles involved in a crash with a large truck. Due to the size, weight, and powerfulness of tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks, and the smaller size and weight of passenger vehicles, the injuries associated with these types of accidents can be catastrophic.
Many times these accidents are caused by driver negligence including speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol, distracted by the use of handheld devices, fatigue, and rollovers. However, because other issues may be at play in accidents that are particularly pertinent to a trucking accident, an experienced truck accident attorney is necessary to properly handle a lawsuit. These relevant issues may include lack of driver training, lack of maintenance on the vehicle, design defects, and cargo that is not loaded properly. A skilled truck accident lawyer is well-versed in the federal laws regulations that govern truck drivers and trucking companies and understands how to present a case that demonstrates the connection between a violation and an accident.
Time and time again, our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys have seen the devastating injuries that result from an accident with a truck and have witnessed firsthand the impact that such injuries have on families. The dedicated and committed attorneys at Galfand Berger have represented countless victims involved in truck accidents as well as other accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from being involved in an accident involving a truck or any other vehicle, call today at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a qualified trucking accident lawyer or submit a free online inquiry.