An accident is an accident, right? I mean, two parties are involved in a crash and the details are then worked out by the insurance companies of both parties, aren’t they? Sadly, this isn’t quite the case when it comes to the nature of the accident. Car crashes are vastly different from the ones involving trucks, semi-trucks, tractors and trailers.
For one thing, it’s the sheer mammoth size of these vehicles that contributes to the disparity. Picture two cars- an SUV and a sedan- plowing into each other at 100 miles per hour. Think of the possible damage to the vehicles, the occupants and possibly any bystanders.
Now visualize a tractor, weighing more than 60,000 pounds, veering off the correct lane, swerving into an SUV, which is about 1/10th, its size, at the same speed. The implications are horrific! Very few people survive a crash of this magnitude. The ones who do, are generally left with severe injuries, some of them life-threatening and perhaps detrimental to overall physical mobility.
Another thing distinguishing car crashes from truck accidents is the fact that almost all trucking manufacturers have their own set of attorneys on standby in case of a road mishap. These lawyers are the first people to reach the scene of the incident and take notes. Generally, the professionals are hired on the basis that truck accidents are a huge possibility and are thus, available on call at any time of the day. Here, the victim in an SUV will be at a disadvantage if he has no lawyer to call upon in this situation.
The third thing is the insurance companies. They are also quick to reach the scene of the accident and they try to minimize the impact on the trucking company by weighing out the damages and possibly, wrangling a lukewarm deal at the expense of the victim.
In case of either physical injury or damage to your vehicle, you need an attorney. This doesn’t mean that you pick up the phonebook and call the first available lawyer. Truck attorneys are specialists, and that means you need to have access to one in the event of a medical emergency such as the accident described above. Choose one based on overall feedback and rating. It may be a good idea to do this research beforehand and have the name and number of such an attorney in your mobile phonebook.
A good truck accident lawyer will help you in all of the above scenarios and will also help you to determine the real cause behind the accident which could fall under any of the below categories:
- Driver fatigue
- Emotional aggression
- Drug use
- Over speeding
- Flouting traffic safety norms
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) conducted a survey way back in 2003, which discovered that Texas had a leading number of vehicle crashes, most of which involved trucks. This figure, a whopping 438, is a sad reminder that despite all the precautions and safety measures in place, accidents still happen. Should you be an unfortunate victim of such an accident, you now know what needs to be done.
Mike is a freelance writer who writes on different topics such as travel, auto, technology, business, finance, gadgets. He has published more than 500 articles about various topics, including truck crash lawyer