In California, 9% of crash fatalities are because of trucks. There is also an alarming number of people who are left with catastrophic injuries too. These figures cannot be brushed under the table. When you are involved in this kind of accident, what can you do? Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys are here to explain what happens next.
When An Accident Happens
If you ever become involved in an accident with a truck driver, there are specific steps you need to take in the immediate aftermath. The key here is to get to safety, seek medical attention, and gather as much information as you can before it’s too late.
Move to A Safe Spot
If it is possible, you should always leave your vehicle in a safe space and move to somewhere where you cannot be hurt again. Your top priority is your health and the safety of any passengers or fellow road users. Move to a suitable spot and make sure you stay out of harm’s way until you are either taken to hospital or treated by an ambulance crew. It is important to stay at the scene to answer any questions from police officers and provide a witness statement if appropriate.
As soon as you know you are safe, it is important to phone 911, asking for police and ambulance attendance at the scene. This will provide two big channels of support. Firstly, medical crews will be able to assess your injuries on the scene. There will be a report, and it should be followed up in a hospital. It is unlikely that you are coming away unharmed, therefore further intervention will always be recommended. Whether you think you are hurt or not, there could be a number of hidden injuries like internal bleeding, or even a traumatic brain injury to get checked out.
The Role of Law Enforcement
Secondly, an attending police officer will always create an accident report. This is a vital piece of evidence and will be an accurate, detailed assessment of the scene of the collision. It will have key bits of information like the truck driver’s plates, name, and company alongside anyone else who was a witness or involved in the events. This can be called upon further down the line when filing an insurance claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit with our personal injury law firm.
Pay Attention and Take Pictures
If you are capable of doing so, then it is important to take as many photographs as possible of the scene. You will naturally be overwhelmed and in shock, but these pictures will support your narrative when you get around to talking to a personal injury accident lawyer on our team. It will also help to jog your memory when revisiting the incident in the future. A brain in distress is never thinking completely clearly, and you are running the risk of misremembering or completely forgetting key details if you don’t have pictures to look back on.
Contact Our Team
The best thing about a great vehicle accident lawyer is that they can help you get the compensation you deserve. Whether you are facing life with steep medical bills because of the accident, losing out on wages as a result of a catastrophic injury, or even facing life without a loved one, we can help you to move forward and regain control. It will be difficult to fight the case without a trained attorney by your side, especially when dealing with a mainstream, powerful truck fleet company.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Much like other kinds of accidents, there are varying reasons why truck accidents could take place. Here are the biggest influential factors.
Trucks are large vehicles, and they weigh a lot. They are also driven by people on tight deadlines with a heavy workload. They are bound by regulations and time pressures that other road users may not have, and that is why they are often found to be exceeding the legal speed limits for their cargo. Speeding, however, is incredibly dangerous in a vehicle of this nature. Not only does it make it harder to stop, but it is also all but impossible to maneuver or respond to any changes in the environment.
It is also the case that truck operators are prone to driving tired. They have long days and taking a break is a legal requirement, but not one that is strictly adhered to. Even the slightest bit of tiredness can significantly impact your ability to think, plan, and respond behind the wheel. If you are in charge of a major vehicle like a truck, this is a deadly mix. Exhausted drivers are more prone to making mistakes, missing judgment calls, and handling their vehicles poorly.
Faulty Trucks and Poor Maintenance
Despite the expected high maintenance standards, some trucks fail to deliver. This means, that if they are out on the road and driving about for a job, they might malfunction. DOT inspections are again, something every fleet must respect, but it isn’t always possible for trucks to be properly maintained. Something like a tire blowout is dangerous enough for a regular car, if it happens on a truck, it is catastrophic.
Whether it is a lack of knowledge about a certain area, or a skill deficit in the person in charge of the truck, inexperienced drivers are a leading cause of this kind of accident. If there is insufficient training or a lack of confidence on a certain road, it is more likely that a crash will occur.
Californian truck accidents happen more often than you might think. The roads are a dangerous place for pedestrians and car drivers, and it is an unfortunate truth that truck drivers pose a major threat to your safety. If you have been involved in this kind of accident, don’t sit around and wait for resolution. Take action now.
Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys know that truck accidents are big, traumatic events. You can phone us or make an appointment to find out exactly why we are the best team to help you with this matter.