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Injuries that result from a truck accident present more unique
challenges than that of a regular car accident. These challenges
can mostly be attributed to the fact that trucks are significantly
greater in size than a standard vehicle, and thus they may cause
quite a bit more damage to both your property and you physically.
Truck accidents may cause minor injuries, severe injuries, or even
fatal consequences. No matter the circumstance, the victim(s) of a
truck accident should not have to go up against the trucking
companies without an experienced lawyer on their side. Our
attorneys are happy to speak with you today free of charge in order
to discuss your claim and what we may be able to do to help. If we
are unable to win your case, you won’t owe us anything.
If your or a loved one has been in a truck accident, call (888) 281
6991 for a 100% free case evaluation with a truck accident lawyer
What to do After a Truck Accident?
Here are a few steps you can take after a truck accident to make
sure you are safe, and make the process of seeking compensation for
any injuries as easy as possible:
1. Seek Medical Attention
After suffering any accident, the best thing to do is to seek
medical attention by going to a hospital. Even mild injuries need
to be evaluated by a medical professional. It is additionally
beneficial to get official records of your injuries by medical
staff to use as evidence in your case.
2. Report the Accident
Do your best to contact law enforcement as soon as possible. The
police play another important role in documenting the accident by
filing an official report. This report can be very helpful later on
when filing a personal injury claim.
3. Document the Scene
Preserving necessary evidence is key to prevailing on your claim.
Do everything you can to document the scene of the crash in case
you forget important details later on. This can include simple
tasks such as taking pictures or getting names of any witnesses.
4. Call an Attorney
Those filing personal injury claims can get easily taken advantage
of by opposing parties and insurance companies. If a truck has hit
you, the best way to make sure you are being treated fairly and are
being offered fair compensation is to hire an experienced attorney.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA), the number of large trucks involved
in injury crashes increased by 5% from the year 2016-2017.
Additionally, the number of large trucks involved in roadway
fatalities increased 10% within the same annual period. Overall,
there were over 400,000 police-reported crashes involving large
trucks in 2017.
Common Trucking Accident Injuries
With any type of accident, it’s important to know that injuries
vary. Truck accidents can yield both mild and/or severe
consequences. Some of the common injuries that may occur after a
truck accident include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts & Scrapes
- Internal injuries
- Emotional trauma
The person at fault for a truck accident is the individual or
entity that was negligent. In truck accident claims this could be a
number of individuals or companies. In order to establish
negligence, the injured person would need to show that a truck
driver or trucking company owed a duty of care to other motorists,
breached that duty and caused harm to another driver.
Establishing duty is a simple step. All truck drivers and their
employers owe a duty to you to operate their vehicles in a safe
manner and supervise their employees in accord with state, local,
and national regulations.
Showing that a truck driver or trucking company has breached their
duty is the more difficult task. This breach can occur from failing
to adhere to a number of rules and regulations. For example, an
injured individual may be able to show a breach of duty by the
truck driver where the truck driver was speeding, driving while
distracted, driving while under the influence, or by not exercising
proper discretion when driving in difficult weather conditions. A
trucking company may be said to have breached their duty when they
do things like order a truck driver to haul too much weight, fail
to do proper safety inspections on their trucks, fail to do proper
background checks on their drivers, or even fail to make sure that
their employees are getting enough rest before driving.
What if I am Partially at Fualt?