Getting hit by an 18-wheeler is much more dangerous than getting hit by other vehicles. When fully loaded, these massive trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. By comparison, an average car weighs around 4,000 pounds. This huge difference in size and weight means an 18-wheeler can cause devastating damage to other vehicles and crippling injuries to people inside them. We hope that you are never involved in an 18-wheeler accident, but if you are, it is important to protect your physical wellbeing and financial future.
There are many factors that could cause an 18-wheeler to hit another vehicle. These factors include driving under the influence, fatigued driving, improperly loaded trucks, speeding, weather, bad maintenance, tire problems, manufacturing defects, and worn brakes. 18-wheelers also have huge blind spots and take a long time to stop compared to other vehicles.
Driving Under The Influence
Improperly Loaded Trucks
If your car is struck by an 18-wheeler, you should call 911 immediately to report the accident and ask for the police and medical services. Even if you and your passengers do not appear to be injured, it is important to be examined by medical personnel because many injuries are not noticeable at first.
It is also important for the police to document the details of the accident so these details are on the record and can be used to obtain compensation later. If you can, take some photos of the scene with your phones, such as your vehicle damages, the truck, tire marks, and anything else you believe will help you in getting compensation. If you are in the middle of a road, get yourself and any passengers out of traffic to a safe place to wait for emergency services. If there are witnesses present, you should speak to them about what they saw and obtain their contact information. It is best to not speak to the truck driver but if you do, do not apologize or say anything that could suggest you are at fault or the truck driver is not a fault. The truck driver and the trucking company can and will use anything you say against you to avoid paying you. If you are approached by the trucking company or their insurance company for a statement or to sign any documents, do not do it no matter what they say.
It is crucial not to seek compensation on your own. The legal process for getting compensation is long and complicated. Trucking companies will deny responsibility and their lawyers will use any technicalities in the law to deny you your money or pay you an amount that is way below what you are owed. It can also be hard to figure out who to get compensation from. Because 18-wheeler accidents can be caused by so many factors, different parties can be responsible including the truck driver, the trucking company, truck manufacturers, and mechanics. As an experienced truck accident lawyer, Mark will help you navigate through these roadblocks to get the money you deserve.
If you are in an 18-Wheeler accident, you should call Mark as soon as possible. As time passes, evidence can disappear, and witnesses can forget important details. With many years of litigation experience, Mark will look into your case and evaluate the claims you can make and your chances of winning them. He will also gather evidence on the accident, figure out who is responsible, and reach out to them to get you your money. After a long career in the corporate world, Mark knows how to fight and win against big corporations through both negotiations and litigation.