WATCH FOR THOSE BIG TRUCKS!
Approximately every 16 minutes a person is injured or killed in an accident involving a commercial truck, or what we all call an 18 wheeler or Big Truck. Statistics from governmental agencies show that large trucks are also more likely to be involved in accidents with several vehicles at the same time. Many fatal trucking accidents happen in rural areas during the daytime or during the weekend when more automobiles are on the road.
Each year more 18 wheelers are using the roads and highways. By the year 2015 trucking revenues are expected to reach close to a trillion dollars. While Federal agencies place restrictions on how many hours a trucker can drive per week, trucking companies place demands on truck drivers to get loads delivered quickly. The demands placed on big truck drivers by large companies often lead to increased safety hazards for the operator of passenger motor vehicles. In about 27% of all big truck accidents across the United States the operators of the trucks had at least on speeding ticket. Fatigue of the big truck drivers is a very common cause of accidents between passenger cars and 18 wheelers.
Trucking companies are often large national or multi-national corporations. Federal regulations require 18 wheelers that cross state boundaries to maintain liability insurance coverage. Insurance adjusters for the large insurance companies are very often aggressive and persistent. They know the importance of getting to the accident scene quickly so that evidence can be collected and preserved. The adjusters also know that people who suffer harms and losses due to the negligence of big truck drivers are often vulnerable and in need of money to pay their medical bills. If you are injured in an accident with a 18 wheeler it is important that you get someone to the scene to collect and preserve evidence as soon as reasonably practicable.
Accident cases are never easy. Insurance companies can delay the payment of claims or deny liability in order to make it more difficult for the injured individual. Generally, an experienced attorney can investigate the facts, file a civil action, and push the case toward a trial so an award of compensation can be made to the injured party. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand the need for fast action.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.