Trucking accidents can be extremely dangerous and highly jarring. They usually happen unexpectedly and leave both drivers dazed. Often, trucking accidents are not a topic that most individuals think about until they need to. At Wyatt Law Firm, we understand that you have questions about truck accidents and we want to answer them for you. We've listed the top questions that are asked the most, so you can remain informed.
1. WHY ARE TRUCK ACCIDENTS SO DANGEROUS?
In general, all motor-vehicle accidents are dangerous. However, trucking accidents are more hazardous because of the sheer size of the vehicle. Although there are many different style and sizes of trucks, the average one can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more. Compare that to a regular car, which weighs around 3,000 pounds, and you can see why the collision between the two would be so dangerous. Because of their large size, trucks also have a bigger blind spot and have to be more careful maneuvering on the road.
2. WHAT IS A COMMERCIAL TRUCK?
Commercial trucks are characterized as large vehicles that transport commercial goods or products. Some examples of commercial trucks include "big rigs," eighteen wheeler tractor trucks, and tanker trucks. Special licenses and requirements are mandatory to drive commercial trucks.
3. WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST, IF I WAS INVOLVED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
There are many different steps to take if you are involved in a trucking accident. Depending on the situation, your first step can change. However, the most imperative things you need to do when involved in a collision are:
- Receive medical attention
- Contact the police or highway patrol
- Document and photograph evidence and facts about the crash
- Contact your insurance company
4. CAN I SUE THE TRUCKING COMPANY THE DRIVER WORKS FOR?
Whether or not you can sue the trucking company depends on if the truck driver had a contract and relationship with the trucking company. If they did, then yes, the company can be held liable for the driver's negligence. If the driver is under an independent contract, it can be difficult to go after the company. However, an experienced trucking accident attorney can help your case.
5. THE TRUCKING COMPANY'S INSURANCE ADJUSTORS WANT A STATEMENT. SHOULD I GIVE THEM ONE?
No. Do not speak to any insurance adjustors without the presence of your lawyer. Insurance adjustors often tape interviews to try to find faults in your testimony. Your truck accident attorney can help prepare you for how to best present your case.
Major trucking accidents in San Antonio can be severely dangerous or fatal. It is important to be informed and know your rights in such situations. If you or a loved one has been in a big rig accident, contact our San Antonio trucking accident attorneys. They will review your case for free and you don't pay unless we win.