74.6 percent of accidents involving a semi-truck tractor trailer in 2016 occurred as a collision with another vehicle. Of those crashes, 93.4 percent involved multiple vehicles, which resulted in 42,000 injuries to those involved, according to statistics. Fatalities involving large trucks were 3,757, for 2010 3,686, and for 3,380, and injuries sustained were 88,000, 80,000 in 2010, and 74,000 per the commercial motor vehicle facts dated March 2016. What this information tells us is that accidents involving large trucks and semi's not only have the potential to be deadly, but also they have the potential to cause serious injuries.
In 2016, the estimated cost of fatal crashes for commercial vehicles was $39 Billion, for injury crashes the estimate was $32 Billion. What this information tells us is that the cost of treating injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that involves a semi truck is expensive. What is even more interesting is the fact that most of these injuries are severe and require long periods of time for recovery.
The insurance process
When insurance companies attempt to apply financial compensation to injuries received in an automobile or semi truck accident, they consider three things. Those three things are immediate medical costs, the cost of ongoing medical care, and the value of lost property and income. These expenses are often lower when the accident first happens which is why opposing insurance companies try to settle claims quickly. They want to tally up the cost of on-going medical care before it really begins to accumulate. The problem is that many medical injuries are not apparent immediately because they are being masked by other injuries. How do you tell if you have pain in one area of your body if your whole body hurts? Doctors will also try to treat injuries that are obvious because insurance companies make it difficult for doctors to have access to all of the tests that are available. It is not uncommon for bone or joint issues to crop up after a fracture has completely healed. Any pain in that region can be explained away by the fracture or as part of the natural healing process. Spinal damage and whiplash injuries do not always present themselves immediately either. Time is needed fully to evaluate the long-term effects of your injuries following an accident.
It is always a good idea to talk with a legal expert before you sign any papers that the insurance company wants you to sign. The sooner the insurance company can close a case the sooner they can stop the costs of injuries from accumulating. This is exactly why insurance companies have doctors, nurses and legal experts working for them. They want to be able to close cases quickly. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi truck then do yourself a favor and seek legal help. At the very least, have a top-rated Philadelphia truck accident lawyer from the Lassen Law Firm, look over your case.
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