When you are driving along the roadway, you need to be aware of all the potential hazards you face. This means sharing the road with every type of vehicle, such as commercial trucks, buses, motorcycles, and other cars to reduce your chance of being involved in a collision.
Each type of vehicle poses its own collision risks to motorists. Large trucks are no exception. Truck accidents can occur as the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the motorist, as well as difficulties with the terrain, inclement weather, and vehicular malfunctions.
Although there are some similarities between truck and car accidents, there are also numerous differences. One is the sheer difference in size between a tractor trailer and a car – in a collision between the two, the car’s occupants are far more likely to be injured. Truck accidents can also have unique causes, like jackknifing and collisions with trailers that become detached.
In a truck accident, a victim can suffer a variety of injuries. These include, but are not limited to:
Certain types of injury, like traumatic brain injuries, do not have apparent physical symptoms at first but can become much more severe if they are left untreated. This is why it is so important that you seek medical attention for your injury promptly after your accident. A timely diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between a full recovery and permanent disability.
If you or anybody else involved in the accident needs emergency medical care, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Otherwise, take photos of the accident and your injury, exchange insurance information with the truck driver, take the contact information for any witnesses to the accident, and file a police report. Do not leave the scene without a copy of the police report.
Although many victims receive compensation through PIP claims with their own insurance providers, you might have to file a personal injury claim with the truck driver’s provider. This could be if you suffered a severe injury or were permanently disfigured. If you need to file this type of claim, the evidence you collect at the scene of the accident will support your claim. After leaving the scene, seek medical care for your injury.
If you are suffering from an injury after a collision with a truck, you should work with an experienced truck accident attorney to seek monetary compensation for your related financial damages. To get started, set up your free legal consultation with a member of Nickola Law today. During your consultation, we can answer all of your questions and guide you toward the most effective course of action for your personal injury or PIP claim.
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