Important Information about Truck Accidents

If you are involved in a truck accident, the very first thing you should do is seek emergency help or call emergency services. Trucks and big rigs weigh considerably more than a regular passenger vehicle--20-30 times more, in fact, and thus can cause considerably more damage and more severe injuries in the case of an accident. Nearly 4000 people died in truck accidents in 2016, roughly 80% of which were pedestrians, bikers, or motorists in other vehicles besides the truck.

What can you do to protect your rights if you are involved in a truck accident? Continue reading to learn more.

Evidence Collection

After a truck accident, you should try to collect as much evidence as possible. This evidence includes the truck driver's information, witness accounts of what they saw happen, and photos.

Photos can be taken with a camera phone. Include pictures of all of the vehicles involved in the accident, the injuries that happened, the street or road where the accident happened, along with any traffic signals, signs, or road conditions that might have contributed to the accident.

All of the evidence you collect can be used in your case to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes for Truck Accidents

Truck accidents happen for all kinds of reasons. However, the most common causes are:

  • Speeding
  • Dangerous driving
  • Driving while tired
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failure to secure the load properly
  • Failure to yield

Who Will Be Held Liable?

When it comes to truck accidents there are potentially several parties that can be responsible for paying compensation to the victim. Some of the most common parties include:

  • The owner of the truck
  • The driver of the truck
  • The company that manufactured the truck or parts of the truck
  • The owner of the freight company
  • The trucking company

How Beneficial Is a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in a truck or car accident that wasn't your fault or you suffered an injury and are seeking compensation, a personal injury lawyer will help you file a claim. They can also collect evidence for the claim, seek compensation for your accident and help you work through the claim.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Get?

If you were involved in a truck accident and you have filed a claim within the statute of limitations, you need to be aware of what types of compensation are available. Compensation will be in the form of monetary value, and may include coverage for:

  • Medical bills, including rehabilitation and prescription drugs
  • Property damage to your car or another type of property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work temporarily or permanently

For a free consultation or to learn about your legal rights contact Welmaker.