Sharing the road with large commercial trucks can be frightening. Smaller cars are more vulnerable to these vehicles because they're twice their size. Trucks can limit your vision, block your blind spots, and can sometimes be unpredictable with their movements.
Truck accidents have become more common on the road. In 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported a total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes, and 68% of these deaths were car occupants, while 17% were truck occupants.
According to Alexander Begum with the Begum Law Group, there is a wide range of factors that contribute to truck accidents. While in some cases the truck driver may be responsible due to poor decision making, the fault may not fall on them in other instances. Some causes of truck accidents include:
- Improper loading
- Lack of maintenance
- Vehicle defects
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Drug or alcohol use
- Road construction
- Safety regulations violations
When an accident with a commercial vehicle occurs, it can be challenging to identify the cause. "In many cases, the truck driver was negligent," says Alexander Begum with the Begum Law Group. The business is liable if a trucking company is employing the driver. Other companies, such as the maintenance provider or loading company, could also be responsible.
Truck accidents are significantly different from car collisions because the damages and injuries are more significant. Injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Psychological injuries
Depending on the severity of your injuries, the result of a truck accident can bring on a significant amount of financial stress. You may have a hospital or emergency room bills, prescription medication costs, payments for follow-up doctor appointments, physical therapy, or other medical treatments. You may also face the financial stress of repairing your car or getting a new one.
If you or a loved one are injured in a truck accident, the lawyers at Begum Law Firm have the expertise and experience to handle your case. Working with one of their lawyers improves your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. They handle all types of truck wrecks, including semi-trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, flatbeds, moving and rental trucks, tankers, utility trucks, cement, trucks, and more.