Negligent Drivers: What Happens in a Truck Collision?
No one wants to be injured in a car accident or truck accident, let alone one involving a huge 16 wheeler or 18 wheeler. Trucks are much bigger, heavier, and much more dangerous than any other vehicle on the road. They can weigh up to 20-30 times more than the everyday car, and sit much higher off the ground.
Because of their immense weight and size, they can cause horrible damage in the event of a crash, including severe bodily injury or even death, in addition to the extensive property damage. Most cars get totaled in a collision with a truck. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of these accidents lead to fatalities.
Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI)
- Loose or bad cargo loading
- Poor truck maintenance
- Distracted driver
- General disregard for traffic laws
- Failure to yield right of way
The at-fault driver might also be fatigued. Truck drivers can sometimes drive more than 8-12 hours per shift or more, and although laws exist to prevent overtime to protect other drivers on the road these laws can go unheeded. They might have been texting while driving, or they may have fallen asleep for a few moments at the wheel after deciding to drive while fatigued.
Nevada has one of the highest rates of DUI in the nation, so a significant portion of these traffic accidents involve alcohol or intoxication.
After the auto accident, the truck driver’s condition is usually noted by law enforcement. This record can be used to determine the truck driver’s level of fault in the accident. In some cases, the injured victim is partially liable, but the injured victim can still file a claim as long as the truck driver has even greater fault in the accident. If you are injured in a truck accident, it is important to seek legal counsel before speaking to any insurance company, since anything you say is on the record and can be used against you when you attempt to file against them.
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