We rely heavily on our truck drivers in the United States. Nearly everything you purchase in stores, from clothing and household goods to food and even passenger vehicles, arrived at the store by truck.
With so many commercial trucks on our nation’s highways, collisions can be unavoidable. In 2017, 116,000 people were injured and 4,889 people were killed in accidents involving commercial trucks. In many cases, truck accidents are similar to car accidents. However, with considerably greater weight (often exceeding 16 tons) and force of a commercial truck, trucks can cause significant injury.
Like auto accidents, truck accidents are caused by speeding, drunk driving, and failure of either driver to comply with posted traffic signals. Additionally, hazards present with commercial trucks that can cause severe accidents include the following:
It is important that you always give commercial trucks the space they need to drive and brake safely on the highway. Large trucks need much more space to come to a complete stop than cars need. They also have much greater blind spots than passenger vehicles.
If it is safe to do so, pull off the road. Take the next moments to check on all other parties involved in the accident. If anybody is in need of immediate medical attention, call 911.
Contact law enforcement to have a police officer sent to the scene. He or she will fill out an official police report of the accident. Do not leave the scene without a copy of this report. This report, along with photographs of the accident and testimonies from witnesses, will be a key piece of evidence for your personal injury claim.
After you have gathered the necessary information at the scene, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Once you have received medical attention, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin working on your claim.
If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck, take legal action with help from an attorney who has experience with this type of case. Call The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 to learn more about your options for filing a personal injury claim during your free initial consultation with our firm. Do not wait to begin working on your case with us. Be proactive and call us or visit us online to schedule your legal consultation today.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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