When there are trucks on the roadway, truck accidents can occur. Sometimes, these are the result of the truck driver’s error. Other times, motorists cause truck accidents by acting negligently in their own ways, like text messaging while driving or driving faster than the posted speed limit. There are also cases where truck accidents occur despite no driver error. These can be the result of adverse weather conditions, vehicle malfunction in the truck or another vehicle, or poor roadway design that does not allow the truck to come to a full stop or turn safely.
A tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In contrast, the average car weighs just over 4,000 pounds. This difference in size means that when a car and a truck collide, the car’s driver and passengers are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or die.
There are a few types of accident specific to tractor trailers, such as:
There are many ways a truck accident victim can be injured. These include:
Each of these injuries can have complications and potentially become new conditions. For example, an individual who suffers a spinal cord injury might become paralyzed and a laceration victim can potentially suffer an infection. Other complications are not physical, but mental – it is not uncommon for an injury victim to develop anxiety or depression.
In Michigan, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Those who are injured in collisions must file PIP claims with their own insurance providers to receive compensation for their damages.
There are cases, though, where a victim can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. Victims who suffer permanent disfigurement or severe bodily injury can seek compensation for their pain and suffering damages and excess economic damages. To do this, the victim must have evidence to support his or her claim, such as photographs of the accident, medical bills, and documentation showing his or her lost wages and other economic losses due to the injury.
If you are facing financial damages because of the injuries you suffered in a truck accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team of experienced truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law today to schedule your free consultation with us, during which we can answer any questions you have and determine the most effective course of action for your claim.
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