What to Do If You Were Injured in a Truck Accident
Did you or someone you know suffer through a serious truck accident involving a big rig or 18-wheeler?
Was your car and/or property damaged?
Did you suffer a serious injury?
Did one of your friends or loved ones lose their lives due to an accident with a tractor trailer?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we strongly urge you to stop reading this blog post now and call the truck accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm right away. Every second that goes by that you don’t obtain legal representation, your insurance company is scheming to take what is rightfully owed to you and your family: fair and just compensation.
How do trucking accidents happen?
Trucking is an essential part of our economy, and, frankly, truck drivers are one of the most important groups of people in this country. Unfortunately, truck accidents happen often on our highways and roads. They can result in some of the most catastrophic accident-related injuries, and they happen for many reasons:
- Cell phones
- Blind spots
- Failed indicators
- Aggressive drivers
- Unrealistic schedules
- Failure to inspect tires, brakes, and lights
- Illegally long work-shifts
- Ignoring “no trucks” signs
Did you know: A tractor trailer traveling at 70 miles per hour has twice as much momentum than a truck traveling at 50 miles per hour? That’s a lot of force, moving very fast! You can imagine the type of damage that ensues when a big truck accident happens at that speed.
Passenger cars are specifically designed and regulated, under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, to safely protect passengers from encounters with vehicles similar in size to their own – not 70,000-pound semis.
Other hazards such as the lack of rear and side vehicle bumpers, which often smash through passenger car windows and doors like a judo chop through plywood, account for a vast percentage of serious truck accident-related injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, when these accidents happen, truck drivers often times walk away without a scratch, while the passengers of the smaller car involved are not so lucky.
Truck accident statistics
Every year, the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report is released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Most injured persons in big truck accidents are the passengers in the other car. In fact, trucks are up to 45 times heavier than cars, and when these two forces collide, the smaller vehicle rarely “wins.”
Let’s look at some of the facts from 2014-2015:
- In 2015, over 4,300 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. That was an eight percent increase from 2014. Even though this number is 26% higher than it was in 2009, it’s still 18% lower than 2005, when there were 5,231 fatalities.
- The number of injuries involved with big trucks and buses decreased by 30,000 from 2005 to 2009, but that decline was followed by a 62 percent increase from 2009 to 2015.
- The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by eight percent from ’14 to ’15, from 3,750 to 4,000+. The large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased by eight percent.
- The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes decreased by one percent, from 88,000 to 87,000, and the large truck involvement rate in injury crashes decreased by two percent.
- The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes decreased by one percent, from 346,000 to 342,000, and the large truck involvement rate in property-damage-only crashes decreased by two percent.
- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 0.3 percent, and bus VMT increased by 1.4 percent.
What should I do if I were injured in a truck accident?
If you and/or a loved one or friend was recently involved, or lost, in a big rig accident, we are truly sorry. You have our sincerest apologies, and we cannot imagine what you must be going through. We work with these types of cases every day, and no matter how many cases, and families, we serve, no two stories are the same.
However, what will always remain the same is our devotion to reaching a case resolution that your family deserves, and our unquestionable commitment to getting your family the justice and compensation you need, to begin the agonizing process of picking up the pieces from your tragic loss.
Should I call my insurance company?
In the moments and days after a big rig accident, it is extremely important that you be wary of speaking with your insurance company. You need to protect yourself and your family from some evil adjusters, whose job is, literally, to nickel and dime you until you have nothing left.
These corporations, will always pretend to be your friend, and stop at nothing to keep from you what’s rightfully yours; they victimize people in vulnerable situations, every day.
Fortunately, the California truck accident attorneys here at Wilshire Law Firm are on your side to deal with you truck accident. And we are not bashful when we tell you that these same insurance companies are afraid of us. The last thing they want is for you to obtain representation, but guess what? That’s exactly what you need to do!