According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 100,000 large trucks and buses were involved in injury crashes in 2014, injuring 132,000 people. In these large truck and bus accidents, 3,978 were fatal crashes, and over 4,000 people died in these crashes.
Because of their size and speed, trucks often cause more severe injuries when involved in a crash. Trucks are typically difficult to manage if the driver loses control, and even a small mistake can turn into a fatal injury later.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Violation of hours of service limits
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Improperly maintained wheels or tires
- Reckless driving (especially in poor weather conditions)
- Unsafe passing
- No-zone accidents
- Mechanical defects
What to Do After a Trucking Accident
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, it’s crucial that you first seek medical attention. Because of the severity of trucking accident injuries, it may take several weeks to recover.
As soon as you are able, contact a personal injury attorney that specializes in automobile and trucking cases. They can help you decide if you have a personal injury case that goes beyond a typical insurance claim, and help you seek compensation for injuries and damages caused in the accident.
If at all possible, try and gather all possible evidence of the accident and injuries caused. Keep records of medical care and diagnoses. If you are unable, have a family member or friend take pictures of the accident, injuries, weather conditions, and damages.
What Types of Damages Can I Seek?
The types of damages you can seek depends on the severity of the injuries and the accident. It also depends on the fault of the other party, whether that is the truck driver, the trucking company, or the truck manufacturer. These damages can include:
- Lost wages
- Medical costs
- Disability or inability to perform a job previously required for work
- Missed work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the prominent household income
Contact the Trucking Accident Lawyers at Cohen & Sinowski, P.C.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, contact the Atlanta trucking accident lawyers at Cohen & Sinowksi, P.C. today. Our experienced team will help you build a case and seek compensation for the damages you’ve faced.
Call our office at 404-351-8888, or request a free legal consultation online.