Car accidents are terrifying and may have devastating results for those involved. However, when you are in a collision with a commercial truck, the results may include more catastrophic injuries. In 2017, 4,761 people died in accidents involving large trucks.
If you sustained an injury from an accident with a commercial truck, you may need to take action to receive the compensation you deserve. It is important to understand your rights and how to move forward with a case.
How truck accidents may cause worse injuries
Truck accidents may cause worse injuries than car accidents. Trucks may weigh over 80,000 pounds, which increases the chances of injury from an accident. The potentially tragic outcome of a car and truck colliding makes it even more vital for safe driving practices.
How trucking companies contribute to the issue
Transportation companies’ practices may increase a truck driver’s negligence on the road. Trucking companies sometimes provide incentives to employees who drive farther distances in a shorter time frame, which may cause fatigue and recklessness in truck drivers.
There may be unreasonable schedule requirements and a lack of focus on safety in companies, which increases the chances of an accident occurring. These factors may have contributed to a truck driver’s negligence during your accident.
How to gather information
It is a requirement to exchange information with the truck driver in the crash with you. Information you may exchange is names, addresses, vehicle registration, insurance and license plate numbers. Also, this information is essential when moving your claim forward.
How to gain evidence
Gaining evidence after a crash may be crucial for your case. After an accident, you need to take photos of the scene and visible injuries sustained in the crash. Furthermore, records of medical attention and your diagnosis after the crash add credibility to your case. Following these steps is vital to receive the compensation owed to you.