In 2016 alone, there were over 470,000 large truck accidents with human error accounting for roughly ninety percent of them!
With so many of us relying on highways to get to work every day, it takes just one overworked truck driver for your life to change. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a truck, having legal help becomes vital, because truck drivers are often insured with a commercial policy that can range well into the millions, also there may be various parties responsible for a driver’s negligence.
Here are some tips on what to do following a Truck Accident
After an accident, you might be confused and hurt, first of all, make sure you call 911 to get the necessary help from emergency workers in case of injuries. Police officers will take notes and statements from both parties as well as witnesses, and take photos as part of their accident report.
It’s also advised that you get as much evidence as possible (pictures and videos) including any phone numbers from possible witnesses. Doing so can help you ensure that anything the police missed is still documented.
What are the main differences between a car accident and a truck accident?
What is a Truck? Big commercial trucks or commercial freight trucks weighing 80,000 pounds or more, twenty times the weight of passenger cars would fall into a truck accident as opposed to auto.
Truck drivers’ insurance policies are up to fifty times larger than car accident policies putting the total value of insurance in the millions, so you can bet that the different insurance companies named in a lawsuit will do everything in their power to prove they were not liable.
The overall size of an 18-wheeler commercial freight truck is much larger than that of a typical vehicle. That means that any surrounding property is going to be affected much more than in a crash involving two cars.
Injuries that are common in car accidents are also far more severe and can include intensive medical care and bills. From serious whiplash and broken bones trauma.
An accident with a large commercial truck is far more likely to result in death than a crash between two passenger cars. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are between 3,000 and 5,000 deaths due to truck accidents every year.
If you’ve suffered significant pain or injuries after a car accident Call 305-AMG-HELP to connect you with pain management specialist within 5-10 miles of your work place or home!