The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the way of life for most people across the country, especially in crowded places like Boston. What many people may not realize is that, for a variety of reasons, there has been an increase in speeding and reckless driving. Law enforcement officials have reported this increase since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this excessive speeding, commercial trucks and regular motorists have been getting into severe accidents. In May, the National Safety Council reported an increase in fatal accidents of 23.5% over the previous year.
At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our truck accident lawyers in Boston, MA want to discuss what you can do if you are injured due to another person’s reckless driving.
Commercial Truck Crashes During COVID-19
Police are busy right now. Between the COVID-19 pandemic (leading to fewer officers on the roadway) and the protests taking place around the area, law enforcement officials have not been as able to conduct speed stops as frequently. This can be a problem when it comes to commercial trucking. In addition to this safety hazard, the US government suspended FMCSA hours of service requirements for drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the requirements suspended, the likelihood of a truck driver operating while fatigued will increase.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks often result in severe injuries for those inside traditional passenger vehicles. It is not uncommon for victims in these cases to sustain the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Crush injuries or amputations
Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies generally have extensive insurance liability coverage policies, but that does not mean these cases will be easy to prove. A skilled Boston truck accident lawyer will be incredibly beneficial if you are injured due to the actions of a truck driver or company.
While commercial trucks certainly pose a threat to drivers on the roadway, we still need to be aware of the increase in all types of crashes in our area. Based on data from the Massachusetts DOT, we can see that there were more than 140,000 total traffic crashes across the Commonwealth in 2019. Out of those incidents, there were thousands of severe injuries reported. This year’s total crashes will not be reported until early 2021, but you need to take action quickly if you are involved in a crash. Do not rely on the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier to do the right thing.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a commercial truck accident or a crash involving another passenger vehicle, contact Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. today. Our team of qualified attorneys will investigate your entire claim and work to secure full compensation. This could include:
- All medical bills associated with the crash
- Lost income if you are unable to work while recovering
- Loss of future earnings if you are disabled
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver or trucking company
When you need a Boston commercial truck accident attorney or help dealing with any kind of traffic accident, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 617-917-3917.