Truck Accidents, the Law, and You

If you’ve been driving for a little while and nothing’s happened to you yet… you think, ‘Oh nothing’s going to happen.’ But all it takes is an accident happening with one of your friends or God forbid, something happening to you, to really give you a wake-up call”. – Victoria Justice

There is no doubt that the risk of being involved, or even killed, in a vehicle accident is relatively high. More people lose their lives as the result of a car crash than a motorcycle accident, or aeroplane crash. These figures are skewed by the fact that more people use a motor vehicle as their primary transportation device. So all these statistics show us is the fact there you have a higher risk of being involved in a car accident because there are more vehicles on the road, not because auto drivers are the worst drivers on public roads today.

The 2013 statistics provided by www.iii.org show that the lifetime odds of being killed in a car accident are 1:113. The total road deaths figure for 2013 is 35,369.

Trucks and truck drivers

The American Trucking Association states that there are currently about 3.5 million professional truck drivers who transport goods on the US Roads. The total annual mileage driven by these truck drivers is around 400 billion miles, and the industry transports around 10 billion tons of freight every year. Consequently, we can see from these figures that the trucking industry is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, it goes without saying that there are bound to be truck accidents on the roads. Registered trucks currently make up about 6% of all registered vehicles on the road. However, they cause around 11% of all public highway deaths. Some of the common causes of truck accidents are equipment failure, fatigued or speeding truck drivers, unsafe driving practices, poor vehicle maintenance, as well as poorly trained drivers. We can not exclude dangerous weather conditions such as black ice, snow, high winds, hurricanes, and tornados from reasons why truck accidents occur.

What to do if you are involved in a truck accident

It does not matter whether you were the cause of the collision between your motor vehicle and a truck, there are a couple of simple steps to follow in the event of an accident:

  • Take cognisance of our surroundings

Once your car has come to a halt, check your surroundings and yourself to see how badly you are injured and how severely your vehicle is damaged. If you can get out of the car, then it is a good idea to climb out and phone for help. If you aren’t able to get out of your vehicle, then wait for help to arrive. If you can move your car off the road, and if the state laws permit you to, then move your vehicle off the road.

  • Take professional advice

Once the accident scene has been cleared up, your vehicle has been either driven or towed away, and you have seen a doctor, then it is time to consult a truck accident attorney. You will need specialist advice on how to deal with personal injury claims as well as claims related to the repair or replacement of your car.

Final words

Because of the intricacies involved in the motor vehicle accident law, I don’t believe that it is a good idea to try and sort out the ramifications of an accident by yourself. It is better to approach a legal specialist to help you finalise all the claims for and against you.