Just last August, a horrible accident took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A school bus collided with a tractor trailer, ending in 18 children bruised and hurt. In the entire United States, the number of truck accidents is alarming. In fact, at least one in four trucks is put out of services once they have been inspected on the roads. Every 16 minutes, there is someone who is killed or seriously injured by trucks. In Pennsylvania alone, there were almost 180 deaths involving truck crashes in 2016.
Considering the size of the tractor trailers, there is no doubt that being involved in this kind of accident is horrifying. Even if the auto drivers who bumped into these giant vehicles are not killed, they are most likely to suffer from injuries that are serious and too expensive to treat. These include:
- Head injuries caused by flying objects
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Broken or severed limbs
- Internal injuries when the car is crushed by the truck
Who is to Blame?
Most of the time, drivers of the passenger vehicles are blamed for the accident. However, this does not mean that the drivers or companies of the tractor trailers are not responsible. There are numerous cases where the truck driver is too fatigued to drive, casing the accident on the road. The fact that the truck drivers are operating huge, not to mention dangerous vehicles, they should obey the rules and regulations of traffic at all times.
The problem is most drivers do not like to conform to the law. They make up their own regulations and in return, the innocent drivers pay a high price. When you are involved in a tractor trailer accident, it is common to find trucking firms that do not have your best interests at heart. Of course, there are some who are willing to help, but they are rare. In fact, they will pursue you, not to help you but to play the numbers game. When this happens, it is easy to see that they will do what it takes to avoid giving you the compensation that you deserve.
What to Do
The scenario above is too difficult to handle for an average person. All too often, the poor victims just nod their heads as the trucking company's representative gives them a small compensation and an explanation as to why the payment is insufficient. They may blame the other driver or may even point to other reasons. Obviously, they do not understand the law and they do not know their rights as a victim. There is only one solution here and that is to hire a personal injury lawyer.
With the right legal representation, you will receive the compensation that will justify what happened to you. Although the trauma and the injuries that you may have sustained cannot be wiped out by the money you will obtain, this is a crucial first step toward moving on with your life.
As you seek medical care, it is important that you contact a competent tractor trailer accident lawyer. This will ensure you that all your rights are preserved and protected.
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