While many personal injury cases arise from an accident such as this, trucking accidents are not limited to big trucks. People driving cars, motorcycles and bikes, pedestrians, and even people in their own homes can be involved.
Trucks travel billions of miles every year, and thousands of trucks pass through Amarillo on 1-40 on a regular basis. Texas roads already see heavy truck traffic, and this region’s oil boom has undoubtedly increased the number of trucks on major state highways. Knowing what to do after a trucking accident can save you time, stress and money in the long run.
Are Trucking Accidents More Dangerous Than Car Accidents?
A trucking accident, as defined under personal injury law, is a motor vehicle accident involving a truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year. As you can imagine, trucking accidents can be especially injurious, especially if the other party is in a passenger vehicle. The average car weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. Getting hit by a vehicle that weighs more than twice that amount can be deadly.
What Should I Do If I’m In A Trucking Accident?
Whether you are a victim or a witness of a trucking accident, you should immediately call 911. You should also contact your attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the daunting road ahead by speaking with the insurance companies, creditors, the trucking company and its lawyers on your behalf. A lawyer can battle the insurance agency and negotiate with the creditors so you get the compensation owed to you to cover property damage and injuries.
In addition, a lawyer can thoroughly investigate the accident and look at angles that you may never have thought of. In order to receive compensation, you must prove negligence.
Driver fatigue, poor training, mechanical malfunctions and lack of regular vehicle maintenance could be the catalyst behind the accident, and you need someone to prove that in order to be compensated accordingly. Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you may still be awarded damages, which can help pay for medical bills, loss of earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
Which Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Me?
It’s hard to imagine that our loved ones or we could be hurt or killed in a trucking accident. It seems so far-fetched; but in all actuality, it’s not. The truth is, every time we get in our cars, ride our bike or take a stroll, we are vulnerable. Amy VanDeLoo of the VanDeLoo Firm has experience representing victims of trucking accidents in Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney, Texas, and she has the skills and knowledge to represent you, too. Contact the VanDeLoo Firm at 972-200-5080 for a free initial meeting to discuss your personal injury case.