Were You Injured in a Semi Truck Accident?
Recent statistics show one out of nine U.S. traffic deaths resulted from a collision involving a large truck. Of the fatalities that came from crashes involving large trucks, 74 percent were occupants of another vehicle, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
When a passenger car gets in an accident with a big truck, the odds are against the people in the car. Because of the truck’s size, injuries are more severe.
If you or a loved one have suffered the tragic consequences of being in a truck accident, you need a lawyer you can trust to look out for your best interests and guide you through this difficult time. The Heuser & Heuser law firm has spent 25 years helping accident victims in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, along the Arkansas Valley, Pikes Peak, and elsewhere on the Front Range. We know how to handle truck accident cases and we will make sure you have answers for all of your questions.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Professional drivers and the trucking companies who hire them must adhere to very strict safety regulations. Truckers are required to complete specialized training that should make them safer drivers. Many times an accident occurs because the driver or his employer broke the rules.
Too many truckers drive too many hours without a break and create a deadly hazard on the highway. Government regulation for hours-of-service compliance is continually changing to be more effective because truckers find new ways of skirting the rules.
Even as they handle 30-ton behemoths, truck drivers will risk being distracted by talking or even texting on a cellphone. The practice is so prevalent that the U.S. Transportation Department issued a rule that specifically prohibits texting by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.
Another danger is careless or inexperienced truck drivers who fail to account for the additional distance required to stop a big truck. A semi hauling a loaded trailer requires 20 to 40 percent more distance than passenger vehicles to come to a complete stop.
After a Truck Accident
Insurance Adjuster Tactics
Companies that insure big trucks want to avoid paying for the damage inflicted by their policyholders. They send insurance adjusters to the scene of a wreck to look for evidence to use in trying to deny an insurance claim. The adjuster will try just about anything to lower the claim or not pay it at all. Learn more about insurance adjuster tactics.
Hopefully, you and/or your loved ones have escaped serious injury or worse, but be sure to get appropriate medical treatment right away.
Next you need to consult a truck accident lawyer like those with Heuser & Heuser who can help you recover the money damages that will allow you to get your life back to normal.
Contact us today for free and get started on your case!