Have you been in an accident involving a semi-truck and face a long recovery from your injuries?
Unfortunately, car versus truck accidents are all too common. They increased by 2.2% in 2016, resulting in injuries and deaths for some of those involved in them.
While you may not be able to prevent an accident, you can take these precautions to lessen the severity of your injuries.
The best thing you can do to avoid accidents or serious injuries is to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel. Avoid distractions like:
- Talking on your cell phone.
- Changing channels on the radio.
- Eating or drinking while driving.
Be especially vigilant while driving at night since that is when the most accidents occur.
If your concentration is on the road, then you will be able to spot erratic drivers. Erratic driving can be the result of distractions or driving while tired. Many truck drivers drive while tired to get to their destination on time.
By paying attention to your driving, you will be able to spot someone about to run a stop sign or change lanes without signaling and react accordingly.
Driving defensively can help minimize injuries because you may be able to swerve or change lanes quickly to avoid being hit head-on by a truck. You not only need to pay attention to how you are driving, but you should pay attention to how others are driving as well.
Use Safety Features
Whenever you get into a car, whether to drive it or as a passenger, you should put on your seatbelt. Having a seatbelt on can save your life or reduce the severity of injuries.
Statistics show that more than 50% of teenagers and young adults who were killed in vehicle accidents were not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.
Drive with the vehicle’s headlights on to increase visibility while you’re driving and allow others to spot you on the road. Having a headlight on is especially important for motorcycles because it allows other drivers can see them.
Always use your turn signals to indicate lane changes or that you'll be slowing down to turn. As you slow down, press the brake, so the light glows and alerts the cars and trucks behind you that you’re reducing speed.
Actions after Accident
Despite precautions, you can be in an accident with another vehicle. If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a semi-truck, you should contact a trucking accident attorney in your area to ensure you will receive the right compensation for your damages.
With the right representation, you could receive compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Property Damage
- Loss of Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
The trucking company’s insurance carrier will probably try to settle with you right after the accident, but you should not talk to them or take a settlement before speaking to an attorney.
There is information you should know before accepting a settlement, like how long the recovery from your injuries will be, whether you’ll need physical and/or occupational therapy, and why the accident occurred.
If the accident was the result of a poorly maintained vehicle or breaking the law, such as driving over the limited time allowed per day, then you may be able to receive punitive damages as well.
By taking the above precautions, you can prevent some of the more serious injuries associated with an accident involving a truck. However, if you are in an accident, hire an attorney to ensure you receive the compensation to which you’re entitled.