According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), truck accidents account for 12% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. And truck accident cases make up 70% of all motor vehicle accident claims. It’s a serious problem.
Let’s look at the types of compensation available to victims who suffer a loss due to a truck crash, the causes of these accidents, and some rules, regulations, and actions truck drivers must follow to prevent them.
If you were injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, you can seek financial compensation that covers :
The damages you receive depend on the losses you experienced, including the severity of the injuries and the amount of damage incurred. Damages will also depend on proving that the truck driver was at fault for the accident. You will need a truck accident lawyer from a law firm with experience and resources to conduct an investigation, work on your behalf with insurance companies, seek a fair settlement or conduct a trial, and protect your rights.
Considering factors like the speed of travel on our highways and the size and weight of commercial vehicles, crashes involving trucks are particularly dangerous.
Here are some common causes of truck accidents:
There are also things any car driver can do to protect themselves from an accident involving a large commercial vehicle. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of all car accidents today, so put the phone away and stay focused on driving. Stay alert, drive defensively, keep your attention on the road, and obey speed limits.
Truck drivers are held to strict rules and regulations to protect the safety of others on the road. They must follow all the same laws that other drivers must follow, but beyond that, there are other layers of security that regulate every part of their job:
Proving liability for a truck accident depends first on the specific details and evidence presented for each accident. There is no “one size fits all” template for assigning legal liability or proving negligence.
Unraveling who was at fault involves a number of people as well as a company or agency, depending on who the truck driver worked for. Was the driver an employee of a company that transports items or was the driver an independent contractor? The answer to this as well as other questions is critical for a victim as liability is determined.
Other issues that will help the victims and their attorneys understand who was liable in an accident:
This information is key in order to seek compensation for the victim.
This is the job for a truck accident attorney experienced in truck accidents. It’s a complicated matter and an attorney can advise you on the best route to getting the settlement and compensation you deserve.
There are two ways to proceed: seeking compensation from your own insurance provider or pursuing a claim against a negligent party.
Don’t wait until it is too late to seek the justice you deserve for the accident that has disrupted your life and jeopardized your health. Set up a free case consultation with a law firm and experienced truck accident lawyers to discuss your accident and obtain legal representation. Contact our office today.