Due to their massive size, truck accidents are inherently more catastrophic than other automobile accidents. Even vehicle sizes aside, truckers often take additional, illegal risks to deliver their goods on time, putting those who share the roadway with them at their mercy.
Truck Accident Facts
It is impossible to ignore the glaring statistics surrounding truck accidents. The combination of trucker fatigue, deadline stresses, driving at dangerous speeds through poor weather, additional stopping time required for trucks, and their heavy weight, which increases the likelihood of jack-knifing or rollovers, results in:
- Over 4,300 fatal accidents each year
- Over 135,000 non-fatal crashes annually
- An 80% greater probability of truck accidents being fatal as opposed to other automobile accidents
How Truck Accidents Occur
The above, lethal combination causes many types of truck accidents, including:
- Center line crossovers, which may result in head-on collisions
- Lane-changing collisions
- Jack-knifed trailers
- Hit and run accidents
- Trucks moving excessively slow, resulting in rear-end collisions
- Vehicles sliding beneath the truck
Receiving the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident due to a trucker's negligence, you are entitled to financial compensation for:
- Loss of wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- emotional and physical suffering
- Car repairs or replacement
- Rental car payments while your car is in the shop
Unfortunately for those injured after a truck accident, the trucking industry is large and powerful. Their lawyers and the insurance companies will attempt to limit the amount of compensation you are entitled to. If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is vital to record and document the entire event, including:
- Taking photographs of the accident site and any injuries
- Documenting medical expenses and doctor visits
- Speak with any witnesses and obtain their personal information, including name, phone number and address
The truck company will often send a representative to the truck accident scene. They will attempt to limit the company’s liability by confronting victims and taking advantage of their initial shock. It is essential that you never sign or make an official statement that may minimize your financial entitlement.
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At James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC, we will take the time to investigate your accident and fight for every penny you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in the Nashville, Tennessee area, please contact James R. Omer & Associates PLLC today and we will guide you through this trying time.