One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000? truck accidents occur every year. More than 75% of truck driving accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle. David Greene from Greene & Phillips is here to discuss what to do in the event you or someone you know is injured in an accident with a commercial truck.
David, how often do you see cases like this? With those statistics, they seem to occur constantly.
Trucking accidents happen far too often and we come across them every day. Typically the injuries to the victims are severe and sometimes fatal. It’s very unfortunate that these happen as much as they do but there are so many drivers that do not follow the rules and regulations of driving these massive vehicles and it leads to some of the worst accidents.
What should someone do if they are injured in an accident involving a commercial truck?
As always, seek immediate medical attention. Your health is the most important thing in any accident. Second, be sure that everything was documented. The police should have responded to the accident and made a report. Do not take any calls from insurance companies without consulting a lawyer first to see what you’re able to do to make sure your medical expenses are taken care of.
If someone loses their life due to an accident like this, how would someone handle the insurance companies?
It’s best to speak to an attorney in an unfortunate situation such as this. There are certain processes the families of the deceased would have to go through and it can be very overwhelming for them given the amount of stress and pain they are already facing. Having the right attorney and team helping throughout the situation can provide a lot of relief during that time.
If anyone has a question about trucking accidents, how can they reach you?
You can call 251-300-2000 anytime or come by our office. You never need an appointment and we are always willing to help.
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