If we were only at risk due to our own driving abilities, roadways of all types would be far less dangerous. However, this is far from reality; every driver poses a threat to each passenger. An 18-wheeler can weigh up to 40 times as much as a normal passenger vehicle. This weight is why truck accidents are so dangerous. In addition to their size, being so heavy allows very little time or opportunity to react when the driver of a large truck loses control.
What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
As with any other type of accident, it is unlikely that the origin of your incident was in any way intentional. Negligence and misconduct on the driver’s part are often the causes of major accidents involving large commercial trucks. This can include fatigue, substance abuse, speed, and failure to observe the surroundings.
Problems with the vehicle itself may be the root of an accident as well. This could entail improper loading, such that the cargo was not secured or even positioned appropriately, such that the center of gravity is not where it should be, resulting in a truck that is far more likely to tip or lose balance completely.
Other issues may arise due to poor maintenance and inspection standards. A vehicle is only as dependable as its condition.
A truck is comprised of many parts, most of which were not manufactured by the same company. That being said, a single part, if defective or otherwise nonfunctional, may cause any number of complications during travel. If not handled properly by the driver, these may result in a collision or off-road accident.
How a truck accident lawyer can help you
In the case of negligence, the responsible party may be one individual, several, or even an organization or corporation. For instance, as mentioned above, it is possible for an accident to have been caused because of a manufacturer defect. In this case, the responsibility lies with the company that manufactured the specific part that led to the accident.
Sometimes, as is often true with accidents due to driver negligence, the driver, as well as the company that screened and hired said driver, claim responsibility. It is the fault of the company not to have addressed any issues with the driver as they came up or to not have acknowledged any troubles with his or her record.
After the Accident
There are certain measures following an accident of this type that should be taken in order to best prepare for a lawsuit or civil case against the driver, company, or manufacturer of the trucks’ parts, depending on who is deemed at fault.
First, it is important that you receive the appropriate medical attention promptly. Some injuries are unable to be seen but still pose a serious threat to your health. Even if you feel fine, it is wise to be seen.
You should take pictures of the accident scene to ensure your well-being from a legal standpoint. In many situations, the police will take pictures of the crash and record other pertinent information, but it is in your best interest to snap a few shots just in case. It is also important to take pictures of your vehicle and retain it if possible so that it can be inspected and used as evidence in your case.
There are those accidents in which the victim does not survive. In these severe instances, preparative duties then fall on the shoulders of family members and loved ones to secure the proper details before any hearings. These claims require that proof be provided almost as though the deceased individual themselves had prepared it, such that it is based logically from their involvement in the accident.
Commercial Truck Accident Statistics
The following information was obtained from statistics for the year of 2004. Of the 5,000 people killed in over 400,000 commercial truck accidents that year, 77% were in vehicles other than the commercial truck and 73% of the 116,000 injured too were neither drivers nor passengers of the large trucks.
Preventing Semi-Truck Accidents
Safe driving is always recommended, but this does not account for the driving habits of others on the roadway. Paying close attention to those around you is one of the best ways to maintain a defensive driving practice.
Next Steps before you hire a Truck Accident Attorney
Taking the information you have gathered following the accident, it is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney to assist you with your legal hearing. These cases can be daunting, even to those with knowledge of the legal system. Our attorneys are professional and have your best interest in mind.
You may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Physical pain
- Medical bills
- Diminished quality of life
- Mental Anguish
- Lost wages
- Home healthcare
Call 855-301-2100 for your case evaluation. It is free and there is no obligation to use our services after the review. Call today and see how our qualified attorneys can assist you.