f you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the results are often catastrophic and require a personal injury lawyer. However, these accidents are all-too-common occurrences on the highways and interstates throughout the United States. Even though accidents happen every day, the ones that involve a semi-truck are especially dangerous.
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, it is time to seek help for the damages and injuries you incur. Our team at Pearson Law is well versed in trucking laws and regulations, which ensures we can help you secure the compensation you need and deserve.
Common Causes of Truck Related Accidents
The actual causes of a semi-truck accident are varied and can range from driver fatigue to a blown timer or impaired driving and faulty maintenance. In most cases, however, truck-related accidents are more complex than traditional accident claims. In many cases, proving liability is difficult. The freight shipper, truck owner, driver’s employer, and the truck driver themselves may all be potentially liable, based on the circumstances of the particular situation.
Common Injuries Seen After a Truck Accident
Due to the sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer, severe injuries are not uncommon. Many of these injuries have extremely long recovery periods and can take a serious toll on the victim, as well as their family.
Some of the most common injuries that occur when you are involved in a big rig accident include the following:
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Seatbelt injuries
- Wrongful death
If you are ever involved in a truck accident, make sure to call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t move any vehicles that were involved in the accident and take photos of the scene if possible to keep with your own records. If you are not injured severely, take the time to gather the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident. Also, get the insurance and contact information for the other people involved in the accident.