How Many Accidents Are Caused By Trucks?There are over 500,000 truck accidents each year, with 5,000 deaths resulting from them. These accidents occur all over – from highways and freeways to residential and local streets to back roads and service roads. Truck accidents are more likely in highly populated areas where the driver might not be able to account for every vehicle that is nearby.
What Are Some Of The Causes Of Truck Accidents?There can be various causes of truck accidents. In some instances, other cars simply do not know the safest methods to driving around trucks. For safety reasons, many trucks must stay in the right lane and drive no faster than 55 mph. Other drivers may try to pass trucks on the right, tailgate them so that the trucker does not know they’re behind the vehicle, stop short in front of them, and ignore various wide turn and wide load signs. In addition to the mistakes that regular drivers make, though, truck drivers also contribute to accidents by their own negligence. Many drivers are on the road to transport goods from one location to another, and as a result, they have deadlines they must adhere to. They sometimes drive across various states or counties. Businesses that employ these individuals usually have some kind of insurance to cover any potential accidents.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.Here are some common causes of truck accidents: Weather: The conditions of the weather can make it very hard for truck drivers to drive. Slick roads from rain, snow, and sleet may make trucks fishtail, spin out, and slide. Haze and fog can both drastically lower visibility, especially when paired with wind. The weather may be so bad that the truck driver cannot even see a few feet in front of his vehicle.
- Truck defects: Drivers should be diligent in ensuring that their trucks are well-maintained and do not have any issues. Sometimes, there can be brake failure, engine failure, broken headlights, and loose axles that can cause accidents. Tires may also be improperly filled, which can cause blowouts while on the highway. There may also be a lack of signs.
- Load problems: Trucks often have beds of materials; if these materials are overloaded or not strapped down, they could fall off and cause injuries to anyone around. Closed containers, though, may have improper weight distribution, causing swerving and detachment.
- Hitch trouble: All containers and utility trailers must be properly hitched to the bed of the truck. A missing screw, loose screw, or wrongly fitted hitch could cause the entire container to fall off.
- Road issues: Narrow roads, curved roads, hills, inclines, and more can all make it difficult for a truck driver to maneuver. Other cars may not be able to fit around the truck, and it could take turns too narrowly and tip over.
- Driver fatigue: Truck drivers who are on the road for over a dozen hours per day need sleep to function. If they do not get enough sleep, they become lethargic, have slower reaction time, worse reflexes, and face the possibility of falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Alcohol and other substances: Drunk truck drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Alcohol and substances like drugs and caffeine pills can have extremely ill effects on the body, causing driving to become difficult or impossible. There is a general lack of inhibition and less focus when on any substance.
- Reckless driving: Truck drivers may simply not be careful while on the road. They may run red lights, ignore right of way laws, run stop signs, fail to properly merge onto freeways, turn without signaling, tailgate, speed, and more.
What Are Some Injuries From Truck Accidents?Because of the size of trucks, accidents are usually worse, even at similar rates of speed. A 30 mph car crash may not yield nearly the amount of damage as an equal truck accident. Further, of the 5,000 truck accident fatalities per year, only 700 of those individuals are the truck drivers themselves. This means that the other individual in the accident is even more at risk of serious injury than the trucker. Truck accident injuries can range from minor to serious. We have compiled a list of some of the most often-seen injuries.
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- Broken arms and hands
- Broken legs
- Closed head injuries
- Sprains and dislocations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial damage
- Knee and hip damage
- Torn ACL and MCL
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Torn muscles
- Permanent nerve damage
- Severed limbs and digits
- Burns and crushing injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
What Should I Do After A Truck Accident?You may be very confused after a truck accident and not know how to react. It is crucial that you stay calm and don’t rush into anything. You should not leave the scene of the accident, for one, and you should not talk to anyone who can compromise your case, such as an insurance agent. Instead, you should do the following to ensure that you have the highest rate of success with your claim:
- Call the paramedics or go to the hospital for medical treatment (if you wait too long, the insurance agent can claim that you were not hurt in the truck crash)
- Keep the doctor’s notes and medical receipts to show what kind of treatment you had
- Take pictures of your injuries and wounds, the damage to your vehicle and to the truck, and the scene of the accident
- Record the insurance details and contact information of the truck driver who hit you
- Interview eyewitnesses, passengers, and bystanders for their statements and testimonies on what happened in the accident
- The police will likely show up to conduct an investigation if there were injuries, so you can ask one of the officers for a way to collect the police report once it’s been finalized
- Contact a Palmdale truck accident lawyer to help you with your claim, as you may not have the legal knowledge or experience required to sufficiently take legal action
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How Long Do I Have To File A Truck Accident Claim?According to California law, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim against the responsible party. If you were not able to file a lawsuit within that time, you won’t be able to receive any restitution at any point. Although 2 years seems like a lot, in truth, it is a very short amount of time that could be squandered because you did not connect the injury to the accident. Our lawyers will make sure that you have enough time to file your claim and will submit it for you. We will also help you determine if you are eligible for any suspensions of the statute of limitations. Minors do not have to adhere to the statute until they turn 18, for example, and those who are mentally or physically ill-equipped to take action can wait until they are capable before the deadline starts.
How Much Money Can You Get From A Truck Accident Claim?The amount of money you can get from a truck accident claim is dependent on the insurance agent’s offer. The agent will consider how injured you were and how much of an impact those injuries had on your life and career. If they were particularly severe and had a profound effect, your settlement offer may be over $1,000,000. The death of a loved one could increase that settlement to over $4,000,000. On the other hand, a simple dislocated shoulder, while painful and preventing you from working, may not even net you $100,000. It will be up to an attorney to negotiate the best deal from the agent. We will strive to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law. This means that we’ll work to get you coverage of the following:
- Medical expenses (hospitalization, physical therapy, surgery, medication, future treatments)
- Lost wages at work (as well as future lost wages due to missed days or medical procedures)
- Property damage to your car and belongings
- Emotional pain and suffering (psychological trauma, anxiety, PTSD, fear, and mental scarring)
- Wrongful death damages (pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of sexuality, loss of expected savings and inheritance, funeral and burial expenses)
- Punitive damages (additional forms of monetary compensation handed out in times of gross negligence or an intention to harm the victim, but these damages are usually seen as excessive or too harsh; therefore, only a skilled lawyer will be capable of winning them for your case)