Any vehicular collision carries with it the risk of severe injury or even death, not to mention the possibility of costly damage to the vehicles involved. In cases where one of the vehicles was a semi truck or eighteen-wheeler, the people inside the non-commercial are at substantially increased risk of injury or death.
Over four percent of the annual vehicular fatalities reported in 2014-2015 were tied to collisions with large trucks. This is likely due to the increased weight and momentum of large trucks, as well as issues with visibility and being able to brake quickly. Accidents involving commercial trucks can be devastating for individuals and families.
Trucking is largely a self-regulated industry
Most drivers of commercial trucks self-report for many of the restrictions imposed by state and federal law. The drivers themselves maintain a log that shows their compliance with limits to the number of hours driven in a day and required hours of rest.
Because of this self-regulated system, it is easy for those under pressure from clients or employees to falsify their records in order to continue operating their vehicle in violation of laws to make a deadline. When this happens, other drivers are put at serious risk of injury by exhaustion-impaired commercial truckers. While overall crash rates are dropping, commercial trucks still present a serious danger to drivers.
Commercial truck accidents can destroy lives
In the wake of a vehicular accident involving a commercial truck, there can be life-altering issues. From loss of income due to medical leave (or death) to loss of a job due to an inability to perform work due to injuries sustained in an accident, individuals and families can be left in dire straits following a trucking accident. Compound that with the medical bills and the cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle involved, and a family can be financially devastated by a truck accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a North Carolina trucking accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What to do after someone you love is in a truck accident
Other than contacting emergency responders and seeking necessary medical attention, it is critical for your family's future that one of the first things you do following a trucking accident is consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can review the details of the case and determine what legal recourse, including filing a civil suit to cover medical or funeral expenses and lost wages, may be available to your family.
An attorney can also advocate for your family with insurance companies, possibly helping to decrease the time it takes for payment of medical bills. Don't leave your family's survival up to the goodwill of insurance companies!