Commercial truck accidents remain one of the most dangerous types of collisions on the road. Killing multiple drivers and pedestrians every year. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck wreck, you may be looking for someone to hold accountable for your medical bills. These cases are complex and require an in-depth investigation to determine how the collision occurred and who is responsible.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), fatalities from big truck crashes rose in 2017, despite the decline in the overall traffic fatality rate for the same year. Of the 4,761 deaths attributed to big truck crashes, about 1,300 of those deaths were truck drivers. The remaining 72 percent of trucking fatalities occurred in the other vehicle involved in the accident. Additionally, deaths in over-the-road tractor trailers rose 5.8 percent in 2016.
Many of these fatal accidents are caused by distracted driving, in spite of the increased use and requirements of driver assistance safety features and technology found on most large, commercial trucks. Nine percent of commercial drivers in fatal distracted driving truck crashes were using their cell phones at the time. Drinking or eating – Truckers often eat or guzzle down coffee as they drive, which can take their focus off the task of driving.
Next Steps After the Accident
When the police arrive, you will have to speak to them and give information about the accident. You must only give facts – never give your opinion or admit fault for the accident. You are likely in shock, and you may not have all the information, so don’t say anything that can incriminate yourself. You are legally required to inform your insurance provider of the accident, but give them limited and factual data. They are going to do everything they can to limit or reduce the compensation you are given. Your best option is to allow a truck accident attorney to talk for you, so they can protect your rights.
Speak to an Attorney
Trucking accidents can be complicated and involve several parties, any of whom may be liable for your injuries. If you have suffered a severe injury in a trucking accident, hiring a knowledgeable attorney will significantly increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries and making the best of a terrible situation.
If you’ve been a victim of a trucking accident, contact Sticklen Dreyer Tinney Personal Injury Attorneys to help you get the compensation you deserve.