It’s a fact that the largest number of fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas (68%) during the daytime (66%) and on weekdays (78%). About 700 truck drivers and passengers in truck cabs die each year. It is estimated that 3,700 persons in cars and other passenger vehicles die annually in collisions with heavy trucks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released the startling facts that in crashes involving large trucks and other vehicles, 98% of the fatalities occur to the people in passenger vehicles.
If a victim of a truck accident is lucky enough to survive the impact, the injuries resulting from these accidents are often devastating. Our attorneys commonly see trauma that takes years of medically supervised therapy to recover from. That therapy and other ongoing treatment typically means incredibly expensive medical bills.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from truck accidents include but are not limited to:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Eyesight and hearing loss
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage and hemorrhaging
What to Do after a Truck Accident
Many trucking companies and their insurance companies send out early response groups to the scene of a crash on the very day it occurs. This allows these individuals to collect evidence which may be used against the truck accident victim later. Our truck accident attorneys have years of experience that allows them to identify trucking company employees’ tactics right away. This, in turn, allows us to help preserve injured people’s rights.
It is critically important to have an experienced trucking accident lawyer on your side, protecting your interests as soon as possible after an accident. We always perform our own investigations independently of law enforcement and NTSB investigators. We work hard to immediately make sure all the evidence is recovered and preserved. Our “by the book” procedures can benefit your case in the future. Our experienced trucking accident attorneys immediately speak with the police officer and determine if the police report could have been influenced by any representative from the truck driver or trucking company.
It is advisable to seek legal assistance as soon as possible in order to determine whether you have grounds to file a claim for compensation. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to determine the viability of your case and can also discuss the various legal options available to you.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck accident, call The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.