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Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, are extremely heavy vehicles. Due to this, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage in accidents which, most often, affects drivers and passengers of other vehicles. To improve the odds when sharing the road with commercial trucks, be sure to stay out of the way of the trucks blind spot, maintain a safe distance to allow time to break, use signals when turning and passing, keep your lights on and be sure that your windshield wipers are properly working for rainy days.
However, even with an abundance of caution, commercial trucking accidents occur daily. Accidents may be due to driver fatigue, an intoxicated driver, driving error and even, substandard inspections. When a commercial truck causes an accident, truck drivers and trucking companies should be held responsible for such negligence. However, recovering compensation for the damages caused by the commercial truck can be challenging.
After an accident with a commercial truck, if you have been seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately. Indeed, truck accidents can be an extremely traumatic event and your injuries may not be so obvious at first due to your adrenaline. As such, you should never avoid seeking medical attention after a serious accident. This is also beneficial for your case. If you have sustained serious injuries but delay medical attention, the insurance company may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you are claiming.
If you are able to remain at the scene, paramedics can evaluate your injuries to determine if you should seek immediate treatment. In addition, it would be in your best interest to take photographs, exchange information with the truck driver, interview witnesses and provide a statement to the police.
After a truck accident, finances often become a concern. You may be faced with medical bills and property damage expenses. You may not be able to work due to your injuries which has had a significant impact on your income. This can be a difficult and overwhelming situation. As a result, you may want to accept low-ball settlement offers from insurance companies to recover your financial loss as quickly as possible.
At Preston & Salango, our experienced truck accident attorneys have years of experience representing clients who have been injured or died as a result of trucking company or truck driver’s negligence and reckless misconduct. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.Categories: Car Accidents, Personal Injury