What if I was Injured in a Truck AccidentWhat if I was injured in a truck accident? You are probably asking this question because you were injured in a truck accident, and you are wanting to know if you can be compensated for your injury.
The answer to the question depends on who is determined to be at fault for the truck accident. If you were at fault for the accident, you will most likely not be able to be compensated for your injury. However, if the driver of the truck was at fault, you may be able to be compensated for your injury, which may include payment for lost wages if you have to miss time at work, current and future medical bills, property replacement costs and pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, truck accidents happen every day in the United States. In fact, according to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), about 500,000 truck accidents take place every year. Somewhere around 5,000 of these 500,000 truck accidents cause fatalities. The sad fact is that a truck accident is involved in one out of every eight traffic fatalities.
By definition, a truck is any one of various heavy motor vehicles that is made and designed for the purpose of transporting, carrying and pulling heavy loads, such as freight or heavy articles. Delivery trucks, tractor-trailers and eighteen-wheelers are examples of vehicles that are trucks.
Because of their huge size and the extensive amount of damage that a truck can bring about, a truck accident is usually one of the most serious kinds of traffic accident that can occur. The truth is that a truck is regarded as a deadly and powerful weapon that has the capability of injuring or annihilating anything or anyone in its destructive path.
While a truck accident may result in fatality, it can also bring about other kinds of severe, debilitating injuries. Some of these include:
Cuts, bruises or lacerations
Serious neck, head or brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Most of the time, a truck accident is not a simple event. In most cases, several factors are involved in bringing about a truck accident. Some of the possible factors are:
Blowout of a tire
Driving too fast
Design and manufacture of the truck
Use of prescription or illegal drugs
Use of alcohol
A decision to turn in traffic
Unsafe acts by drivers of passenger vehicles
Condition of the highway or roadway
Training and/or experience of the truck driver
Weather conditions, such as sleet, snow, high winds, hail or rain
Fatigue, drowsiness and/or sleepiness
Systems of compensation by trucking companies that encourage faster speeds that are normally advisable and more consecutive hours of driving
Unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies that encourage truck drivers to go too fast in spite of the safety risks that are involved.
Again, you may have been seriously injured in a truck accident that was not your fault. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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