Over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States. Of these, over 5,000 result in death. Most of these deaths and injuries involve the driver or passengers of vehicles. Rarely does the truck driver suffer any injuries.
Truck accidents are caused by any number of factors, including:
Disobeying Safety Procedure
Motor Vehicle Inspection Failure
Repair & Maintenance Failure
Failure to Yield The Right of Way
DUI / DWI
Mechanical or Brake Failure
Tires Blow Up
Transporting Equipment with Trailers
Overloaded Trucks or Trailers
Loads That Shift Weight
If an accident does occur, you should make a note of everything you can, including the condition of the truck, the state of the truck driver and the amount of damage done, as these are all essential pieces of evidence. While there will most likely be a police report, it is important to also keep your own records. Do not hesitate to go to the hospital if you are injured, or even if you simply feel “shaken up” as some injuries do not show up until 12-24 hours after an accident. Hospital records are vital to prove injuries sustained from the accident. While a trucking company may refuse to pay your medical bills at first, your own insurance should cover the costs. Though you may wish to not involve your insurance in the medical claims process, most insurance policies require you to notify them if you are involved in a truck accident. Also, it will be in your best interest to not sign any medical release or authorization forms, and to not give a statement to the trucking company or any insurance company before contacting a trucking accident law firm.
Immediately after a truck accident, the trucking company’s claims adjuster will begin to protect the interests of his company. An investigator will begin to collect evidence in order to defend or minimize the claim. The company may even try to steer you away from obtaining your own lawyer. The company takes immediate measures to make sure they are as protected from your claims as possible. It is essential that you also act to ensure that your interests are equally protected.
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