While any vehicle accident can be serious, when you are involved in a crash with a large truck, the outcome may be devastating. Tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler accidents are often the cause of very serious injuries. It is estimated that there are 500,000 accidents every year that involve large trucks. From these collisions, 5,000 people die and more than 100,000 suffer major injuries. These types of injuries are often disabling, and may require lifelong medical care. The cost of treatment can be astronomical.
Negligence in 18-Wheeler Accidents
Not every accident with a truck is the fault of the 18-wheeler driver. Often, however, they are caused by the negligence of the truck driver or a failure on the part of the trucking company to properly maintain and repair the equipment. Truck drivers may be traveling too fast, may be driving while they are tired, or may simply be unfamiliar with the road conditions. Because tractor-trailers need a much greater distance to stop, many accidents happen when the truck rear ends the vehicle in front of them. If the driver is negligent, the victims of the accident are likely entitled to collect money for their damages.
After a serious crash it is hard to think about anything but the consequences of the accident. You may have lost a loved one or you could be permanently disabled. Although it may not be on your mind, it is best to discuss the accident with a qualified personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will review your case and guide the process through settlement or court. Many times, an insurance company will offer a settlement to the victim or his family. An experienced attorney will negotiate the settlement to get you the compensation you need and allow you to begin the process of putting your life back together.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding 18-Wheeler Accidents, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at 480.461.5335, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.