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A significant number of injuries and deaths that take place because of truck accidents involve other motorists, and not truckers themselves. In any case, if you’ve been injured in a truck accident, seeking legal advice as quickly as possible might be in your best interest.

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Most truck accidents take place because of reasons that fall into three basic categories.

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  • Critical events. These include events/actions that make accidents unavoidable. Examples include veering off the travel lane, loss of control due to overspeeding, and rear-ending vehicles in the same travel lane.
  • Critical reasons. These refer to critical reasons/failures that lead to accidents. Examples include falling asleep at the wheel, not being attentive, panicking, and making poor decisions.
  • Associated factors. These may come in the form of driver fatigue, drug/alcohol use, failure to yield, roadway issues, and illegal maneuvering.

Common Types of Injuries

Given the sudden rush of adrenaline that a truck accident victim might experience, realizing the severity of injuries might take time. Common injuries to look out for in such instances include:

  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken/fractured bones
  • Whiplash
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
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Gathering Evidence

If you plan to seek damages, proving your case requires gathering evidence that can support your claim. Ideally, this is best left to an attorney who specializes in personal injury litigation. Evidence may come in the form of:

  • Video surveillance footage
  • The truck driver’s logbook
  • The truck’s GPS data
  • The truck’s maintenance records
  • Evidence of poor maintenance
  • Results from the driver’s blood tests
  • A background check of the driver
  • Skid marks at the site of the accident
  • Debris at the accident spot
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What Numbers Say

Data collated by the National Safety Council shows that while large trucks account for 4% of all registered vehicles across the U.S., they account for 9% of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents. Around 107,000 large truck accidents that resulted in injuries took place in 2020. In the same year, 4,965 people lost their lives in truck accidents.

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How Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

A truck accident is not the same as a car accident for varied reasons. For instance, a truck driver may be on duty for up to 14 hours but is limited to 11 hours of driving time, and this needs to follow at least 10 hours of being off duty. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you need to realize that it might be possible to hold multiple parties responsible and that tractor trailers tend to carry larger-than-usual insurance policies. Besides, injuries that arise because of a truck accident can be rather severe.

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How We Can Help

Large companies typically back truck drivers involved in accidents, and they tend to have their legal teams in place to deal with such situations. Our expert attorneys know just what it takes to go against even the biggest names in the business, and our in-depth knowledge of the law ensures that we cover every base. What we desire, through and through, is for you to receive fair compensation for your troubles.