Q: What can happen if a truck hits a building?
Surprisingly, a lot. Everyone knows that commercial trucks can endanger other motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists, but few people think about the risks big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other large trucks pose to people inside buildings.
However, according to the Storefront Safety Council, vehicles crash into storefronts and office buildings 60 times a day. Tragically, this causes over 4,000 injuries and 500 deaths per year.
Causes of Truck Collisions With Buildings
When truckers lose control, they sometimes crash into nearby buildings. This is particularly true when the building happens to be located in the curve of a roadway or at a T-shaped intersection.
Truck operators may lose control of their rigs due to:
- Pedal error. If a trucker hits the gas rather than the brake when parking or leaving, the vehicle can unexpectedly lunge forward into a building. This is particularly likely when a business has parking spaces directly facing the storefront.
- Driving under the influence (DUI). DUI is responsible for many collisions, as an intoxicated or drugged large truck operator has reduced reaction time and faulty spatial judgment.
- Fatigued driving. Truck drivers often work long hours with little rest, and their exhaustion can cause them to make mistakes gauging distance and stop times.
Injuries Caused by Commercial Truck Collisions With Buildings
A company’s employees or customers may be seriously injured, or even killed, when a commercial truck strikes its building or storefront. These collision victims may be hit by or pinned beneath the vehicle, or struck by flying debris from the crash. These accidents can lead to deep lacerations, broken bones, and head trauma.
Pursuing compensation may not occur to many of these injury victims, since they weren't hurt in conventional vehicle accidents. However, these individuals may be entitled to receive payments for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a truck collision with a building, you deserve compensation. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.