It is estimated that around 500,000 trucking accidents happen every year in America alone, with a staggering 5,000 of them resulting in death. This means that every 15 minutes someone is seriously injured or killed by a semi-truck, with most of these deaths occurring in the smaller passenger vehicles. With the sheer size and vastness of semi-trucks, not to mention all the other factors associated with driving a large truck, it’s not surprising these giants of the road face a lot of blame in the event of an accident.
Who is at Fault?
Every accident that occurs has its own complexities and influencing factors that you may not know how to handle. And though not every single trucking accident is the truck driver’s fault, there are many times when they are responsible. In the instances when truck drivers are considered at fault, the causes are divided into four categories:
- Non-Performance: The driver fell asleep at the wheel or was otherwise physically disabled.
- Recognition: The driver was distracted and not responsibly observing the road and his surroundings.
- Decision: The driver was speeding, driving too closely, or misjudging the speed of other drivers on the road.
- Performance: The driver panicked, overcompensated for his own driving or that of others, or had poor directional skills.
Since large trucks require routine maintenance checks, it’s also important to consider if the truck had brake problems or other issues dealing with the functionality of the vehicle.
Compensation After the Accident
Accidents with 18-wheelers are completely different than getting into an accident with another passenger vehicle. There is going to be much more damage involved in an accident with a semi-truck, both to your vehicle and your own body. If the truck driver is at fault, you will be compensated according to the damage caused and the pain you suffered from the crash. If you can, take pictures of the scene so you can have physical evidence of the damage that occurred.
Getting Proper Help
You may seem overwhelmed with what you need to do after your accident. That is why it is optimal to get help from the beginning by contacting a trained auto injury attorney. No one case is like the other, and with help from your attorney, they’ll be able to assist you with the special intricacies of your case. Contact us today at Titus Law, LLC to get started.