It is estimated that 15.5 million trucks are on U.S. roads. 2 million of those trucks are tractor trailers. We often assume that most accidents involving a truck are caused by a sleepy or aggressive truck driver. However, according to The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, car drivers were determined at fault 81 percent of the time. Think twice about challenging a truck on the road as their ability to stop or switch lanes to avoid another car is far less than a standard automobile.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that cars were responsible 91 percent of the time during head-on crashes, 91 percent of the time in opposite-direction sideswipes, 71 percent of rear-end crashes and 77 percent of same-direction sideswipes.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Being in any vehicle accident can be scary, but when you are in an accident with a truck, the situation can be even scarier. Your car may suffer severe damage, and your body may also face a number of wounds and injuries. If you are in an accident, keep these tips in mind:
Don’t get out of your vehicle unless it is safe.
Always contact the police, even if the truck driver doesn’t want to.
Get the truck drivers contact details.
Take pictures at the scene of the accident.
If there are witnesses of the truck accident, make sure to get their contact details as well.
Seek medical treatment — remember, that even if you don’t have visible injuries, you may have a concussion or other internal injuries.
Document your injuries with photos and keep medical records — that information can be essential when you’re making a claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
Dealing With the Aftermath of a Truck Accident
After you take care of those essentials, you still have to deal with the aftermath of the accident. If you have suffered injuries or had to miss time at work, consider contacting an attorney. If the truck driver was responsible for the accident, their insurer should cover those expenses. Unfortunately, if you accept a settlement from the insurance company, the funds may not cover those additional costs. A lawyer can guide you through the process and help ensure that you get a fair settlement.
Finding the Liable Party in a Truck Accident
In some truck accidents, the driver is personally responsible, but if the driver was working, their employer may be liable for the accident. In other situations, manufacturers of vehicle parts may be liable. For instance, if a truck crashes because a poorly manufactured tire flies off the truck, the tire manufacturer may be liable for injuries and damages that result from the truck accident.
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