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While each accident has its own issues, a truck accident presents significant potential for serious damage in more ways than one. The size and weight of the vehicle alone can lead to severe injuries even if the truck is moving at a slow speed. Aside from that, truck drivers normally carry more extensive insurance than the average driver. This means they might also have access to a legal team that will help them out, but it also means they have more requirements to meet as drivers. They also have more to lose on a professional level. Don’t be a victim twice. Make sure you are just as prepared as the truck driver, trucking company, and their legal team.
Typical Outcomes of a Truck Accident
Not all truck accidents are severe, but most of them result in a large amount of damage. The average car or pickup simply can’t compete with a semi. Often, those who experience a truck accident will have to deal with a car that is totaled as well as significant medical treatment. In some cases, fatalities are another result of the accident. Any and all of these potential outcomes can be expensive in more ways than one. From repairing or replacing the vehicle to medical and mental treatment as a result of the accident, the whole experience can completely wipe out any savings or insurance coverage.
What to Expect After a Truck Accident
After a truck accident, the police must be called. When the police are called, the fire department, as well as ambulance services, are notified. In the case of trucks, the Department of Transportation (DOT) might also be contacted. The police can assess and document the situation while the fire department and ambulance services try to limit the injuries and control the situation. The DOT can inspect the truck to make sure that it meets the inspection requirements.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice
When all of the medical issues have been addressed after the accident has been contained, it is important that you contact an experienced truck accident lawyer. Truck drivers normally work for companies that have their own teams and in such situations, if you have been in a truck accident, you have a better chance of success with your own team representing your best interests. Don’t be a victim twice. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 so we can help ensure you receive any compensation you deserve.
4 Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous types of accidents on the road. Because trucks are so large and include trailers, some of which are heavily loaded, something as simple as a small swerve has the potential to cause severe damage. Like most car accidents, operator error is a major contributing factor to the number of truck accidents that occur. In fact, many of the causes of truck accidents are entirely preventable. If you are in a truck accident, you should be aware of some of the most common causes. Don’t be a victim twice. Our lawyers can ensure that the right person is held responsible for your injuries.
Lack of Sleep and Fatigue
Truck drivers work long hours sitting behind the wheel and staring out at the open road. This type of driving can be hypnotic and may eventually lead to accidents. There are security measures in place to help reduce the risk of these particular types of accidents, but they can’t prevent them all. Truck drivers are required to spend a set amount of hours every week off the road to ensure they’ve had enough rest. Some drivers adjust their log books, so it looks like they slept, but others simply become entranced by the road even if they have had adequate sleep.
Passenger cars that make abrupt stops in front of truck drivers don’t really understand the risks they face. A truck may be carrying a heavy load, which can make it impossible to stop safely before hitting the vehicle in front of them. Even if the truck driver is able to stop quickly, it can cause the load to slide through the cab and cause serious injuries to anyone on the road.
From overly windy conditions to icy roads, the weather can play a significant role in the number of truck accidents that occur. When the wind batters up against the side of a trailer, it can make the truck shift on the road and possibly even leave its lane. If loads aren’t secured properly, the weather can become an even more dangerous factor. In many of these types of accidents, the weather conditions aren’t always the sole reason for the accident. If truckers and their companies don’t take appropriate measures to maintain the trucks properly and ensure they are ready to drive through inclement weather, they can be held responsible for any accidents.
Lack of Experience
Everyone has to start somewhere, including truck drivers. Some undergo training with a partner. This training allows them to gain a bit of experience in the field before they have a truck of their own. Other drivers take the test, but don’t have any training and very little experience. Even seasoned drivers may lack experience in specific situations, like handling steep grades. In any event, trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their drivers are ready to drive safely on the road.
In addition to the devastating injuries and damage that often result from truck accidents, you’ll have to face lawyers, trucking companies, and insurance adjusters representing the other side. Don’t be a victim twice. Make sure you have someone on your side to represent your interests as well. Call 1-800-VICTIM2.