All car crashes are terrible. They cause horrific damage to the autos involved, leave people injured, and result in the victims being afraid to get back behind the wheel. However, due to the sheer size and weight of big rigs, collisions can be that much worst. People often sustain injuries in these wrecks such as...
• (TBI) - Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Herniated Or Compressed Spinal Discs
• Fractured, Broken Bones, And Loss Of Limbs
• Internal Bleeding And Organ Damage
• Cuts, Burns, Bruises
Several Stats To Be Aware Of
As consumer demand continues to grow, more and more commercial trucks are put on the roads. Thus, the risk of crashes increase. Research by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reveals that there were approximately 111,000 people injured in crashes with large trucks in 2014 alone. The study also shows that 3,903 fatalities occurred during the same period. Of course, that number has likely risen since then because of more trucks being on the highways today.
A Couple Of Tips For Travelers
Watch For Trucks That Appear To Be Veering From One Lane To The Next
While there are laws and stipulations in place to ensure these drivers stay fresh, they may attempt to cheat to get a few extra hours behind the wheel. Even if the operators aren't fudging the numbers, it is easy to see how they can become drowsy. Keep at a safe distance from the tractor-trailer if it is swaying in and out of traffic lanes. The driver may be falling asleep, and there's no telling what might happen if you get too close. Contact the proper authorities and let them sort out the mess.
Don't Play On Your Phone
When a person is distracted by texts, phone calls, or social media, he or she leaves the door wide open for a collision to happen. If the driver is following closely behind a commercial truck with his or her mind on something else, they can run right underneath the trailer if it stops abruptly. In cases like this, the trucking company probably wouldn't be at fault. So, stay off of your gizmos and gadgets. Whatever it is, it can wait, and in turn, you will remain mindful of your surroundings to stay safely out of harm's way.
Should You Hire An Attorney?
Trucking accidents are some of the hardest kinds of events to determine fault. If there are no witnesses around, the event can turn into a he said/she said type argument. Plus, these organizations have legal teams on retainer just waiting to pounce. They will pull out everything in their bag of tricks to prevent the company they represent from paying out a hefty sum. Therefore, the answer is yes, it is a good idea to put a reputable attorney in your corner.
The firm builds a winning case by obtaining police reports, insurance documents, and the black box information from the truck itself. Whenever necessary, the team even works with specialists to have the accident scene recreated. The case review is free, and you only pay if compensation is won. So, contact us today to see where your claim stands.