The last thing anyone wants to think about when we hop in our cars and enter the roads is getting into an accident. Yet, as we all know, as careful and considerate on the roads we may be, we cannot account for the actions of other drivers on the road. Accidents happen. In most cases, accidents involving two cars is minor. But when trucks are involved, it is a whole different story.
Many of us may take trucks on the road for granted, but the reality is that trucks, with their large size and weight, can be incredibly dangerous on the roads. It is not uncommon for accidents involving trucks to lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly injuries.
Truck drivers are also subjected to dangers on the road that many drivers are not aware of. They are especially vulnerable to crosswinds, hydroplaning and jackknifing. Due to their massive size, it also takes trucks far longer to both stop and accelerate. It is also more difficult for trucks to swerve to avoid an accident. Truck drivers often have long trips, and may push their limits to reach their destination, leading to driver fatigue. Keeping all these in mind when you are sharing the road with trucks may help prevent an accident.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This could include not only payment to cover your medical costs and therapy, but pain and suffering and even lost wages. It might be in your best interests to speak with a legal professional familiar with accidents and personal injury to learn more.
Source: findlaw.com "Truck Accident Overview," Accessed June 14, 2017