According to the American Trucking Association, there are over 26 million registered commercial trucks on the country’s roads and highways. Although these commercial trucks are an extremely important part of the economy, they also pose great hazards to other drivers. Approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur in the United States every year, with about 5,000 of those crashes resulting in death. Truck accidents are often caused by truck driver error but regardless of the cause, they typically result in some of the most serious injuries for accident victims.
What Makes Trucking Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
Many people think that truck accidents are very similar to car crashes, until they are in a collision with a commercial truck. Truck accident cases are much more complicated than crashes involving two passenger vehicles, and they require a lawyer that understands state and federal trucking laws, regulations, and safety rules.
One of the main differences between collisions involving trucks and those involving smaller cars is that truck drivers are usually insured under commercial insurance policies. While you are recovering from your injuries, you will also need to communicate with the trucking company, the loading company, and perhaps even the product manufacturer of the cargo the truck was carrying.
All parties you speak to will have a team of attorneys, as well as their own insurance company. The insurance companies are major corporations that will try to persuade you to accept a settlement offer that is not enough to cover the cost of your injuries. They may even try to blame you for your injuries. If you agree to a settlement, you cannot ask anyone else for compensation in the future, even if the original settlement did not fully cover the cost of your injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The following are the most common causes of truck accidents:
Common Injuries in a Trucking Accident
Accident victims that survive truck crashes suffer from some of the most severe injuries that typically take months or even years to recover from. Some of the most common injuries after truck accidents are as follows:
Truck accidents also often result in injuries that are not as visible as those above. These injuries include emotional trauma, such as PTSD, severe depression, and chronic pain. Some truck accident victims find it difficult to ever get into a vehicle again, and many never drive again, either.
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The period of time following a truck accident can be very stressful, as you are likely to have serious injuries related to the accident. It is extremely important that you speak to us at Aventis Law Firm as we know how to deal with the many complexities of truck accidents.