When large trucks are involved in a car accident, it can have life-changing results. While a few accidents may leave a victim with cuts and scrapes, most truck crashes can result in permanent injuries to limbs and vital organs. If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle crash, you deserve compensation to help pay your medical bills, cover lost wages and provide for your family.
The most common cause of semi truck crashes is driving erratically or carelessly, according to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This can happen in a number of ways, including drifting out of the lane or rolling through a stop sign. It’s also important to keep in mind that these trucks weigh much more than a passenger vehicle, which can make it difficult for them to stop in time when necessary.
Another cause of truck crashes is a mechanical issue with the truck or the trailer itself. A broken wheel, a defective brake or a malfunctioning airbag can all lead to serious damage and injuries in an accident.
Trucking companies and truck drivers have to abide by strict rules regarding the safety of their vehicles. If a company violates these rules and causes a truck crash, they could be held liable.
Driver error is a common reason for semi truck accidents, according to the FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study. The study analyzed 963 truck crashes that involved 1,123 large trucks and 959 other vehicles. It found that 38% of all large truck crashes were caused by driver “decision,” which includes driving too fast for conditions, misjudging other cars’ speeds and following other cars too closely.
When a truck accident occurs, it’s important to report the incident as soon as possible to the police. This will ensure that there is evidence to support your claim. In addition, it will provide a basis for your insurance company to pay you.
Then, the police will prepare an accident report that includes a description of the truck and other vehicles involved in the crash. This will provide evidence for your case and help determine if the truck driver was negligent.
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be eligible to receive both economic and non-economic damages for your losses after a truck accident. These damages can include things like the cost of hospital bills, physical therapy, surgery expenses, and even the cost of a taxi ride to the hospital.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you need an experienced Omaha truck accident attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation!