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Truck Accidents

 

Sharing the road with large trucks is something that can’t always be avoided. These large vehicles can be tougher to navigate due to their size and limited speeds. The drivers of these vehicles are often tasked with maneuvering through traffic at a different pace and surface streets pose challenges that don’t face drivers of regular motor vehicles.

The blind spots on trucks can be larger than those with motor vehicles and it takes longer for a truck to brake. As a result, the risks are somewhat increased when operating a truck on busy streets and highways. Drivers should be cognizant of the presence of trucks and exercise increased caution when sharing the road with one or more of these types of vehicles.

Types of Trucks and Similar Size Vehicles

Trucks can be classified in many sizes and categories, but any vehicle that has a larger wheel span, accommodates increased cargo loads, and allows for multiple passengers can technically be considered a truck.
During travel on any of the nation’s roads, you may encounter cargo trucks, tractor trailers, garbage trucks, construction trucks such as those hauling concrete or building materials, fire trucks, and civic trucks. Even buses or vans could be classified as trucks due to their size.

Reasons for Truck Accidents

The country’s truck drivers haul loads across long distances over long hours in traffic. It’s a tough job, made even tougher by demanding hauling companies who insist that a load reach a destination by a certain point under penalty of docked pay.
They have to face exhaustion and harsh weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain, and icy roads in the winter. Speeding can also be a key factor in an accident as a driver is working hard to reach his or her destination on time. A truck may also experience a malfunction of some kind such as a blown tire or failed brakes.
All of these and other factors have played a role in previous incidents involving a truck

Common Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents

Hundreds of thousands of drivers are involved in truck accidents annually. Some of the most common that have been sustained by truck operators, drivers of other vehicles, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike include:
  • Road rash
  • Head trauma
  • Whiplash/neck injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Limb amputation
  • Facial contusions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Blunt force chest trauma
If you are involved in a truck accident, you need to be sure that you seek out medical attention to determine whether or not you have sustained any injuries as a result. Just because you don’t feel any pain or discomfort after a crash does not mean you have not sustained an injury.

Pursuing Compensation for a Truck Accident

Drivers involved in a typical motor vehicle accident can usually determine who is at-fault and which driver’s insurance company will be covering the costs of a loss or injury. But with truck accidents, figuring out who might be liable for your injuries can be a tougher challenge.
Truck drivers are rarely driving their trucks for personal use, they are hired employees of a larger shipping corporation, private company, or other entity that may also be a participant in the reasons for the accident. Many parties could have culpable liability for your injuries beyond merely just the driver. You could look to the crew tasked with loading the truck’s cargo, or those tasked with maintaining the vehicle in question as to its safety for use on the road.
Any or all of these parties could be held responsible in covering the costs you have incurred as a result of someone else’s error or negligence that lead to the accident. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages due to your recovery or rehabilitation time related to your injuries, residual mental or physical pain and suffering due to the accident, and any expenses related to the repair or replacement of your vehicle.
If you were not at-fault for a truck accident, you deserve to have your costs covered by those responsible. Trucking companies and private entities who employ these drivers have insurance companies and attorneys working hard to paint a very different picture of the accident than what occurred. They will point the finger at you, claiming you are solely responsible for your injuries in an accident and work hard to prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve.
They may offer you far less than you should receive as part of a settlement or try to prove that you should not get a single dollar for your injuries. That’s why you should always a hire a personal injury attorney with decades of experience in handling truck accident cases.
There is too much at stake to go it alone against the big insurance companies and their attorneys. Call us for a free consultation of your case today.

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