The roads in the state of Texas are very populated with large trucks that transport materials to where they have to go. Truck drivers are hard-working individuals who operate these dangerous vehicles for long periods of time on the road. It is because of this that it is crucial that they act safely in doing so. This is because truck accidents can cause significant, life-changing injuries to those who are involved. If you were injured in a truck accident and want to recover compensation for any damages incurred, contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney today for assistance.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Due to their immense size and weight, trucks are difficult to operate on the road. This is why the accidents they cause can be much more serious than those caused by a standard-sized motor vehicle. Common types of truck accidents that can occur can include the following:
- Jackknife crashes: When an 18-wheeler goes into a skid, causing the trailer to swing out and form a 90-degree angle with the cab.
- Head-on collisions: This usually happens when one vehicle is struck by a truck traveling in the wrong lane.
- Wide turn crashes: When a trucker makes a wide right turn, colliding with a driver in the adjacent lane.
- Blindspot crashes: Trucks have large blind spots. When drivers move without acknowledging them, they may hit another vehicle while changing lanes.
- Rear-end collisions: If a truck driver does give themselves enough time to break, there is they can collide with a vehicle in front of them.
Pursuing Legal Action
After a truck accident happens, those who are injured may wish to pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for the damages they incurred as a result. In order to begin this process, the first step is to gather proper evidence from the scene of the accident to back up a future claim. This can be done by first calling the necessary emergency services, such as the police and an ambulance. The police can gather information from the scene to write a police report that can be used later on. In addition to this, the victim themselves should obtain contact information from any witnesses who can corroborate their claim. Pictures and videos should be taken of the scene as proof as well. After receiving medical attention, victims should be sure to get a copy of the medical documentation outlining the origin and extent of their injuries.
With the proper evidence, a personal injury claim can be filed to pursue legal action. This evidence is helpful to show how the accident happened, thus causing the injuries that were sustained. If they are successful, the injured party may be able to recover economic and non-economic compensation as coverage.
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If you or someone you know has been wrongly injured, you must not wait. Our firm is ready to help you through each step of the legal process to help you recover the financial compensation you need to move on with your life. We are ready to help–all you have to do is contact Brock & Goetzmann, PLLC today.