Lawyers for automobile accidents see situations where people are injured as a result of a collision with a semi-truck on the highway. More car travelers on the highway in the summer add to the existing truck traffic and increase opportunities for accidents.
Facts about Highway Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most recent data about large truck and bus accidents is for 2014. While fatal crashes declined 5% from the previous year, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased 21% between 2013 and 2014, to 88,000. Speeding and distraction/inattention are two top reasons for crashing.
How to avoid a highway truck accident
Before you head out on a highway trip, take a moment to refresh yourself on some basic tips that could save your life:
- Leave extra space when driving behind and also in front of semi-trucks. It takes trucks longer distances to stop. So if they’re too close to you and there’s a sudden need to stop, you could be rear-ended.
- Be aware that semi-trucks have larger blind spots than passenger cars. Trucks may not be able to see you if you are driving on either side. Other blind spots are the left and/or right rear quarter and directly behind (close to) the truck. Look for the truck’s mirror to see if the driver can see you.
- Don’t pass a turning semi-truck. A truck’s wide turn may hit your car if you’re trying to pass.
- Only pass a truck on the left side. Ignoring this basic rule of the road is one that automobile injury lawyers see quite often, with disastrous results.
Hire an automobile injury lawyer for accidents with semi-trucks
Truck drivers and trucking companies are held to a higher standard for road safety. The size and weight of a semi-truck make it more likely to do serious damage in an accident. Therefore, victims of a wreck with a semi-truck may have a right to compensation for injuries. Lawyers for automobile accidents always tell people to talk with an attorney first, prior to settling with an insurance company. The same is true for accidents with trucks. Such accidents may have numerous factors that affect a person’s right to compensation. For example, type of cargo or freight may contribute to injuries, and identifying the responsible party may not be clear, i.e. driver negligence, truck maintenance, employee vs. independent contractor driver.
If you’re in an accident with a truck, talk with an automobile injury lawyer who specializes in such cases. We know the questions to ask to determine if you have a case. And, we can help you seek justice for injury.