Trucks are some of the most intimidating vehicles on the roads today. Whether you are a new or experienced driver, encounters with trucks are a cause for concern while you are behind the wheel. In the unfortunate situation where we have an accident, many people wonder what the best course of action is. Here we shall discuss a few points on what steps to take in case of truck accidents that will ensure you are covered and compensated.
With over half a million truck related accidents reported each year, everyone has to be extra careful on the roads. There is nothing that can substitute safe driving and that is your first line of defense against accidents. However even the most careful drivers may find themselves in an accident and should you find yourself in a serious accident, you need to get a lawyer to help you through the process. Legal advice is critical in knowing what is legally required of you and the other driver as well as your rights as per the law.
In most cases you find that your car will be more damaged than the truck you had an accident with. The reason for this is simply the size and weight of the truck as compared to your car which is much smaller. Even when moving at a slower speed, a truck is likely to cause serious damage when it runs into a smaller car. This also means that you are more likely to suffer injury as compared to those in the truck.
Another thing that will be on most people’s minds is the amount of compensation to expect in case of an accident. Here there is no one straight forward answer as there are several factors which will determine the final figure. Factors like the cost of repairs to your vehicle, duration you have been away from work to recuperate, medical expenses, cost of other property destroyed or damaged during the accident etc are some of the many factors that will come into consideration.
As you can see, dealing with truck accidents is not a very simple matter and for this reason it would be prudent of you to seek for legal advice and engage the services of a lawyer who will guide you in preparing your claim and representing you where it may become necessary. Make sure you drive carefully and that your car is in good mechanical condition and has functional safety devices.