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Truck Accident FAQs: What Drivers Need To Know

Any type of car crash can be scary, but trucking accidents are often catastrophic. It's imperative that motorists practice safe driving habits in order to avoid accidents with commercial trucks. And if you do sustain an injury from semi truck accidents, it's important that you contact a lawyer right away to find out more about filing a personal injury claim. Below, you'll find some FAQs on truck accidents, how you can avoid them, and what you should do if you are involved in one.

Why are truck accidents so much worse than regular collisions?
Because trucks are so much bigger and more powerful than the average vehicle, the damages that occur during truck accidents are much more severe. These cases can also be much more complicated due to the number of insurance companies involved, pertinent laws, and the potential compensation claims involved. If you get into a serious crash involving a truck, a lawyer can help you navigate the process and ensure your rights are protected.

What are some common causes of semi-truck accidents?
Trucking accidents can be attributed to anything from distracted driving and intoxicated driving to unsafe road conditions and driver errors. The U.S. Department of Transportation found that 23% of semi-truck accidents are the result of traveling too fast in subpar road conditions. Equipment failure can play a major role in these collisions, too. A thorough investigation will usually be required to ascertain what conditions led to an accident and who might be held responsible.

How can I avoid being involved in a trucking accident?
Driving near these large trucks can be extremely intimidating, but you can't let it impact your driving behaviors in a negative way. Stay alert and be sure to give truck drivers ample time to react to your actions (like merging or stopping). You also need to make a concerted effort to stay out of a truck's blind spots; there are four major areas that cannot be easily monitored by drivers of trucks, which include the sides of the vehicle as well as the front and the back. If you do need to pass a truck, get out of their blind spot as quickly and as safely as possible, and never tailgate a truck or cut them off.

What should I do if I sustain an injury from semi truck accidents?
If you are injured in a truck accident, you should seek medical attention immediately and contact the police to file a report. You can then alert your insurer and contact a lawyer to see whether you might be able to file a personal injury claim. It's important to note that even when accidents and subsequent injury from semi truck accidentsare partially due to a motorist's actions (rather than those of the truck driver), the motorist may still be able to file a claim if the truck driver was practicing unsafe driving behaviors. It's important to work with an experienced lawyer on cases like these, as they can be extremely complex.

If you have been injured due to a trucking accident, you need a reputable attorney on your side. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us right away.

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