Coal Truck Accident Lawyer
Though the country is continuing to push for green energy sources, coal mining continues to be a massive industry. In fact, about 687 million short tons (MMst) of coal was used in the US in 2018. This accounted for about 13 percent of the total national energy consumption. Almost all of this coal, about 93 percent, was used by the electrical industry.
The trucks used to transport coal are nothing short of massive. Some coal trucks are so large, the tires themselves stand taller than a large SUV. However, coal-hauling trucks that travel on highways and surface roads are a bit smaller. They are about the size of a dump truck. They generally have two to three axles, meaning they max out at 60,000 pounds if they travel on the highway (depending on the state).
Like other large trucks, once a coal truck gets up to speed, it can be hard for the driver to stop. Their momentum makes their brakes less effective at high speeds, so if traffic suddenly comes to a stop in front of them, they are more likely to cause an accident. What’s more, some coal truck drivers may take surface roads instead of highways to avoid weight restrictions, leaving other drivers on these backroads at risk.
If you have been injured in a coal truck accident, you have legal options. At Auger & Auger, we have seen the effects of big truck accidents firsthand. They can lead to severe, and sometimes fatal, injuries, serious property damage, lost wages, and much more. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at (855) 971-0559 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a coal truck accident attorney today.