Commercial Trucking Highway Accidents

What You Need to Know About Commercial Trucking Highway Accidents

Many people have a misconception that professional truck drivers cause most highway accidents. This is not true. Tractor trailers are involved in about 500,000 commercial trucking highway accidents per year, which is only 2.4% of all car accidents that occur every year. 75% of these accidents are caused by the driver of the passenger vehicle – not the trucker. Only 16% of these accidents are caused by the trucker.

Commercial Trucking Highway Accidents

Commercial Trucking Highway Accidents

The fact is that truckers are seriously injured every day in highway accidents caused by other drivers. This trend is not likely to change any time soon as drivers are more distracted today than ever before by talking on their cell phones, sending texts, changing radio stations, using their iPods, and even watching DVDs with their children.

We know from experience that truckers often do not realize the full extent of their injuries immediately after a highway accident. Sometimes, truckers walk away from the accident thinking they have not been injured at all only to discover days or weeks later that they have severe neck or back pain, headaches, or other injuries. This delay in symptom onset is common.

Common Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucking accidents can stem from a myriad of factors intricately woven into the fabric of daily highway hustle. Predominantly, driver fatigue emerges as a leading culprit, with truckers pushing beyond their physical limits to meet stringent delivery schedules. This exhaustion blurs concentration, slowing reaction times to unforeseen road events.

Equally, mechanical failures cannot be overlooked. From brake malfunctions to tire blowouts, the integrity of a truck’s components is vital for safe passage. Weather conditions also play a significant role, where ice, heavy rain, or fog can transform roads into treacherous paths for these heavy-duty vehicles.

Lastly, the distraction epidemic, fueled by mobile devices and in-cab entertainment systems, contributes to a significant number of incidents, pulling drivers’ focus from the road to screens.

What Should Truckers Do If Involved In a Highway Accident?

If you or a truck driving family member has been in a highway accident, the following tips are very important to your case:

What Should Truckers Do If Involved In a Highway Accident?

What Should Truckers Do If Involved In a Highway Accident?

  • Take pictures of the vehicles and the scene.
  • Gather the names of witnesses.
  • Find out who was driving the other vehicle and their insurance company.
  • Go to the hospital or make an appointment with your doctor.
  • Cooperate with the police and if subpoenaed, appear in court.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep all medical appointments.
  • Don’t talk with an insurance company until you have talked with your own attorney.

If you have been in a highway accident, you need to contact a trucker personal injury attorney. After the accident, you will likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible for your claim. The insurance adjuster does not represent you, and the questions the adjuster asks you are often designed to damage your personal injury claim. Do not talk to an insurance adjuster without first talking to a trucker personal injury attorney.

Contact a Truck Driver Accident Lawyer

If you have experienced a highway accident, contact Hurt Trucker Attorneys by formphone, or email for more information on how we can help you pursue a personal injury claim and receive the maximum compensation you deserve. There is no cost or obligation for your free consultation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Truck Accidents

What Should I Do Immediately After a Truck Accident?

First, ensure your safety and that of others. Call emergency services, document the scene with photos, and collect witness information. Seek medical attention, even if injuries seem minor.

How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?

Fault is assessed by examining evidence such as driver logs, vehicle maintenance records, and accident scene photos. Law enforcement reports and witness statements also play a crucial role.

Can I Claim Compensation if I’m Partially at Fault?

Yes, depending on your state’s laws. Many jurisdictions follow comparative negligence rules, allowing you to claim compensation proportionate to your degree of fault.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

Statutes of limitations vary by state but typically range from one to three years from the accident date. It’s crucial to consult an attorney promptly to preserve your rights.

What Costs Can I Recover in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

Victims may recover medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. In cases of egregious negligence, punitive damages may also be awarded.

Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?

Consult with a personal injury attorney before accepting any offer. Initial settlements may not fully cover your long-term needs and losses.