Approximately 5,000 fatal truck accidents occur each year. The loads that these trucks carry can be in excess of 80,000 pounds with the average weight of a passenger car being 3,500 pounds. Even non-fatal accidents involving tractor trailers can be just as devastating physically, emotionally, and financially to you.
Reasons for Trucking Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration along with the Department of Transportation conducted a study that found over 60% of tractor trailer accidents were caused by loss of control of the vehicle and running outside of the travel lanes. These reasons along with driver fatigue, poor vehicle maintenance, and mechanical failures are the reasons that tractor trailer accidents are some of the most severe accidents on the road.
The Tragic Results of Trucking Accident
Truck accidents can cause broken bones, paralysis, serious internal injuries, and an extreme decline in quality of life for the victims and their families. The financial burden of hospital bills, lost wages, medical bills, and rehabilitation can drive families into financial ruin during an already difficult time. Insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart; their main goal is to settle quickly and with as little money coming out of their pockets as possible.
Common Styles of Trucking Accident Injuries
- Back and neck injury
- Broken bone
- Head injury
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Wrongful death
Compensation for Trucking Accident
- Medical Expenses: You are entitled to compensation for your expenses for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, surgeries, as well as any assistive devices and future appointments with a doctor or other medical professional, like a physical therapist or chiropractor.
- Future Medical Expenses: If you can prove that you will need continued medical care as a result of the automobile crash, then may also be able to recover the cost of future medical expenses, such as a future back surgery or joint replacement.
- Property Damage: The accident will damage your vehicle, and maybe also the property inside your car. You might get compensation for the property damage that the accident cause.
- Lost Wages: If you had to take time off work for a car accident in order to get treatment or you were physically unable to work, then you are again entitled to compensation for your lost income. They key is making sure your supervisors are aware of the accident and documenting your time away from work for the car accident.
- Punitive Damage: If the truck driver was driving under influence, such as drug or alcohol, you might be eligible to get punitive damage.
- Other Compensation: You might also be able to get other types of compensation, such as future medical care, household expenses, mental anguish, or other damage. Please ask your lawyer in order to learn more about the case and know what kind of compensation you might get.
Things to Do after a Trucking Accident
- Call 911: The health and safety of everyone involved in the accident is far and away the most important thing to think about immediately after an automobile accident. Please call to 911! By calling for help, you ensure emergency workers and paramedics arrive at the scene to provide the help needed to each and every person involved in the car accident.
- Gather Information: If there are other vehicles involved in the accident, get the names and contacts information of other drivers.
- Collect Evidence: Now days, a cell phone camera is a useful tool for taking photos of damage to all the vehicles and the car accident scene. Here’s an extra tip: Take pictures of any skid marks. Those pictures can be used to calculate the speed of the negligent party. Stories change, but the facts don’t.
- Get Medical Assistant: Your heath is important. To get help from a doctor as soon as possible will be very important when a trucking accident happen.
- Find a Lawyer: It’s important to have lawyer on your side, who has the experience to deal with the insurance company. Insurance company will want to settle the claim with as less money as possible if you do not have a lawyer. Most importantly, do not give any recorded statement to the insurance company before you talk with your lawyer.
We understand that no settlement amount will bring your loved one back or heal the emotional and physical trauma left by this devastating event, but getting the settlement you and your family deserve can bring you peace of mind when you are seriously injured in a trucking accident.
Kevin Patrick is a seasoned attorney and will investigate every aspect of your accident and is committed to seeing you and your family receive fair and just compensation. Please do not hesitate to call use for consultation.