If You’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident, Here’s What You Need to Know
Given their size and power, truck collisions can pose a serious risk to other vehicles and pedestrians. In an area such as Los Angeles — where traffic density is extremely high — this risk is greatly amplified.
It’s estimated that trucking accidents injure roughly 500,000 Americans each year, and kill another 5,000. The majority of these fatalities involved tractor trailers, some of the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road.
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the specific risks associated with truck collisions and the steps you need to take if you’re in an accident.
There are two primary reasons why collisions involving trucks tend to be deadlier: Weight and stopping time. The average tractor trailer weighs up to 15x more than the average car; the force and impact created by such heavy vehicles can cause devastating damage. Additionally, because of their size and design, trucks cannot stop nearly as quickly as smaller vehicles. The average tractor trailer needs nearly twice as many feet to stop once brakes are applied compared to the average car.
Other factors that often influence truck accidents include:
If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a truck collision, it’s vitally important that you take the right steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. That begins with knowing what to do while you’re on the scene.
If anyone is in need or medical assistance, contact first responders at once. Next, you’ll need to write down the details of the accident: Where it occurred, how it happened, road conditions etc. Consider taking video and photos of any damage and of the accident scene itself. Additionally, you should speak to any witnesses and ask them to provide contact details. All of this can be critical later if litigation is necessary.
If you’ve been injured in the truck accident, document those injuries along with any lost wages, transportation expenses or other financial losses you’ve incurred. If your injuries are significant, it’s advisable to speak with an attorney who specializes in trucking accidents. Insurance companies employ expert negotiators and claims personnel who have one goal: To minimize payouts to people affected by accidents. Hiring an experienced attorney can level the playing field and help ensure that you are treated fairly.
At the Law Offices of Craig Charles, we fight for the rights of local truck accident victims every day. If you’ve been affected by such an accident, we urge you to contact us for an immediate consultation. Let us help ensure that you receive fair treatment and equitable compensation for what you’ve lost.
The Law Office of Craig Charles is located in West Hollywood. We are LGBT-friendly and we have the experience to handle even the most complex and challenging trucking accident cases. Contact us today for an immediate consultation.
If you've been seriously injured, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We understand this process may be unfamiliar or confusing, so we make a personal commitment to communicate with you in a clear and timely fashion. Call us today and we'll evaluate your case, walk you through the process — and put you on the path to recovery.