When you get in your vehicle each day, the last thing on your mind is getting into an accident. We all know it is a possibility when we get out on the road, but we drive carefully and work to avoid dangerous situations. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the negligence of other drivers around up that controls the situation.
One man recently spent 30 minutes trapped in his car after an accident with a cement truck in Los Angeles. Firefighters had to use a crane to life the cab of the truck off of the man’s car. They then had to cut away the his roof so they could get access to him.
This incident highlights just how dynamic vehicle accidents can be and it also shows us that large trucks can be dangerous on the roadways.
We know that you probably do not think about large trucks until you are driving behind or beside one. When we say large trucks, we are talking about:
- Delivery trucks
- Construction trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Cement trucks
- Other larger commercial trucks
There are more than 15.5 million large trucks on the roadways in the United States and all of them have the potential to cause major harm. These vehicles weigh much more than passenger cars and can cause substantial injuries to the human body.
Most of these large trucks are owned by a company or individual owner-operators and they have a responsibility to regularly maintain and inspect the vehicles. If they fail to do so, they may not find mechanical problems until it is too late. If a large truck crashed because of a failure to inspect and maintain, truck owners can be held responsible for damages.
Truck drivers should be well-trained for each vehicle they operate. There are strict laws regarding how long drivers are allowed to operate each day. If these laws are violated and a driver falls asleep at the wheel, their negligence could cause great harm to others.
No truck driver should operate while distracted or impaired. If they make the choice to do either, they are turning their trucks into weapons that can injure or kill.
Truck accidents can quickly turn into mass casualty incidents because of their weight and size. Injuries from these accidents can be severe and lead to long hospital stays.
Will your insurance cover you?
What To Do
Truck accidents are scary. In the aftermath, we know you will be faced with so many things at once. If you have injuries that require extensive rehabilitation, you may have to miss work.
What happens if you lose income and cannot support yourself financially?
At the Compass Law Group, we want to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. When someone else’s negligence causes you harm, there is no reason you should be in financial jeopardy.