Truck Accidents – Your Guide To Seeking CompensationFiled under Personal Injury
The nation’s highways remain a significant and important means of transporting goods between states. Commerce in this country depends upon commercial vehicles ferrying goods from one place to another. When you go to the grocery store, think about how the cheese got from Wisconsin to your local grocery, or the potatoes from Idaho or the oranges from Florida. It happens because eighteen-wheelers and other large freight carriers make it happen.
With both large commercial trucks occupying the same highways and roads as small passenger cars, accidents are bound to occur. And of course, given the size of the larger freight vehicles, the consequences from an accident involving an eighteen-wheeler can be significant and, in some cases, even catastrophic.
While commercial truck drivers are skilled drivers that have to go through training to become certified, accidents can still occur. The most common reasons include: (1) the driver did not receive adequate training with respect to driving technique, safety concerns and defensive driving tactics; (2) the company the driver works for may have a compensation scheme that fosters dangerous driving (i.e. bonuses paid for quicker delivery of goods to their destination); and (3) failure of drivers to recognize risks by driving while sleepy or intoxicated.
Often, trucking accidents can occur based on the negligence of other drivers such as those operating a smaller car. Among mistakes car drivers make is to maneuver to the right of a truck that is making a right turn, failing to slow down or speeding up when a truck changes lanes, passing a truck in an unsafe manner, driving between two large trucks or changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or large truck, you need aggressive representation to fight for your right to adequate compensation. Because commercial insurance generally carries higher policy limits, the stakes are greater for insurance companies which will in turn fight “tooth and nail” to prevent you from receiving full compensation. The solution: “Don’t get mad, get legal!” Getting informed about your legal rights and choosing the right lawyer can make the difference between being merely compensated and achieving full justice.