Accidents that involve trucks and commercial vehicles can be devastating for pedestrians, bicyclists, or drivers and passengers of smaller and lighter personal vehicles. Often these accidents could have been prevented if the owner or the operator of the truck or commercial vehicle had simply followed some common-sense steps or followed regulations designed to promote safety on the roads. As a result, these accidents are commonly caused by driver error, improperly trained drivers, overloading, weather, and road construction.
Of all these common causes, the number-one cause would be fatigue. Drivers that are on duty for long periods of time after staring at stretches of road on the highway for too long may very easily doze off, or they’re not going to drive with the same level of attention as if they were alert and awake. On that point, if you see a truck swerving while you’re on the road, try to stay behind it until there’s safe and adequate room for you to safely pass a commercial vehicle.
What Are the Severe Injuries Commonly Associated With Trucking Accidents?
Commercial vehicle accidents have a very high probability of resulting in death, but even for those who are fortunate, and do survive the injuries, the injuries are often catastrophic. A trucking accident can result in any number of different injuries that will affect various parts of the body, depending on the circumstances and mechanics of the crash, including the severity of the impact and point of collision.
Some common injuries caused by a trucking accident could include or involve brain and head injuries that could range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. Neck injuries that range from whiplash and neck strain to cervical pain and disk injury are all too common. Another common injury is a strain, sprain, or fracture, and disk injuries to the back. Further, there are injuries to the face. Also, psychological injuries can result from a trucking accident.
What Steps Should Someone Take After Being Involved in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?
You always want to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. After all, your health and safety and the health and safety of others should be your first priority. The extent and seriousness of your injuries should determine what actions you want to take. You’ll want to call the police so that the accident may be documented.
Exchange information with the other driver and collect the contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles that were involved in the accident. Take pictures of your injuries as well. Finally, take a moment to write down what you remember about the events leading up to and following the accident while it’s still fresh in your mind.
How Can Someone Preserve and Collect Evidence at the Site of An Accident?
Preserving and collecting evidence after an accident is going to help us to investigate and prove fault for the accident and it may provide valuable information to establish the damages in the case. Gather as much information as you can from the other driver and other eyewitnesses. Remember to take down their names, phone numbers and addresses so that we can reach them, if needed.
Write down what you remember about the events leading up to and following the accidents. If you have a camera or a camera phone you should take pictures of the vehicles, the accident scene, and your injuries. You will want to print out the pictures, keep all your notes in a folder, and then bring them to speak to an attorney as soon as you have a chance.
How Important are Witnesses in these Types of Cases?
Witnesses are very important because they may provide unbiased testimony that the parties in a lawsuit won’t be able to give, and their testimony will be better received by a jury in corroborating our claims as to fault for the accident and for your damages.
Are Reenactments and Expert Witnesses Utilized in a Commercial Vehicle Accident Case?
A reenactment can be very helpful because it gives the jurors a visual of how the accident happened and the mechanics of the injury as a result of the accident, although they were not there when the accident happen. They’re often used in cases where liability, or the fault, for the accident is disputed. Also, where there are disputes as to causation, reenactments are often helpful in explaining how an injury or injuries were caused by an accident.
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