We all know how dangerous car accidents are dangerous. In fact statistics say that every minute there is a crash somewhere in the world. This means that there are millions of accidents per year of which at least half, end up fatally. Although these numbers seem scary enough, you should know that this is not the only statistic you should know about. What do we mean by this? Unlike the car accidents that are quite often, unfortunately there are more types of accidents that happen almost everyday. Accidents that happen on the road. One of them that are especially worth mentioning, are truck accidents.
Research shows that truck accidents happen not every minute such as car accidents but every 15 or 20 minutes. That being said, it seems like approximately half a million of truck accidents happen every year, only in the US. It’s not uncommon for trucks and cars to get into a crash. This is why it’s good to discuss whose fault these accidents usually are, car driver’s or trunk driver’s? Some surveys show that there are multiple reasons for accidents that are caused by the truck drivers, and that they hold a lot more responsibilities than car drivers since they drive massive vehicles that can do a lot of damage in a potential accident.
As with previously mentioned, truck accidents occur significantly less compared to car accidents. This means that they are not that often. However, while this is good news, bad news is the fact that truck accidents differ from car accidents in one crucial thing: they are more serious. What does this mean in reality? It means two things: the first thing is the worst one and that is the majority of truck crashes and up fatally. Compared to car crashes, it’s twice the number of car accidents when it comes to fatal injuries. Or injuries in general. This is a logical thing since trucks are significantly larger in size, so if a car hits a truck or vice versa, logically – the car will suffer more damage along with the driver and passengers.
But this doesn’t mean that cars and trucks are the only vehicles that could potentially be in an accident. In accidents with two trucks both drivers are equally exposed to injuries and are pretty equal when it comes to all the other elements since they’re driving a similar vehicle. Finally, there are several types of trucks and they differ in size and type, which is also a factor worth mentioning since the mass and size are not the same in all the trucks on the roads.
The second thing about truck accidents is the fact that the percentage of unintentional injuries and even deaths is really high for trucks and truck drivers. As a result, if you find yourself in a situation like this, chances are that legal help will be more than necessary. The reason for this is pretty simple. According to The Embry Law Firm, since truck accidents are so traumatic both physically and mentally for truck drivers, as well as the other party that can be injured, people can easily get overwhelmed by the situation and not deal with it properly. This is why seeking help from a professional can really help you manage the situation in a smart way, and moreover, a convenient one. Let’s dive into this.
If an accident occurs, the first thing that’s been shown as the best thing to do, is to contact an attorney. Why is this so important? The answer is simple: in these situations you need someone by your side to gather evidence, see what can be done and help you when it comes to any medical problems you might face (or the other side might face). Finally, if your truck is completely crashed, or severely damaged, you need someone to handle everything for you, especially if you’re in a state of shock and you cannot do it by yourself.
As mentioned before, if you are a truck driver and an accident happens, you will need to gather evidence of liability. This is important as well, because truck accidents are legally very complex cases, which is also one of the reasons why you need a professional to help you out with all the procedures and parts of this process. Depending on the type of your vehicle, there are different laws as well as regulations that can be or will be applied to your case, which is also something your attorney will take care of after you hire him.
One thing you should know is to never hire an attorney without a previous research about reputable and trustworthy attorneys and legal offices. You need to make sure that your attorney is specialised in truck accidents, because this requires a lot of experience that you will need if you find yourself in a situation like this. Especially if the accident was so severe that it ended fatally. But to be able to do this you need to think about everything beforehand and upfront. No one expects an accident if they are simply doing their job. However, don’t be afraid to ask questions and consult with different attorneys, until you find the one that can really be there for you and help you out if anything ever happens.
Last but not least, not only the other party could be injured, you could have injuries as well in traffic accidents. It’s not unusual for the other party to get a proper examination and care while truck drivers usually end up overlooked and forgotten. This should be one of the biggest reasons why you should hire an attorney, because you could also be a victim of an accident and you also need different medical tools in order to win the case or to simply get proper care. In order to deal with insurance in a proper way and get proper compensation if you have injuries, the best thing you can do is to have someone negotiate things for you. An attorney will also help determine whose fault it was and go through a legal trial for you if needed.