Big trucks that carry goods across the highways of our nation are especially busy at this time of year. This means that you are on the road with more of them, and therefore, are more likely to be involved in an accident with a big-rig.
Accidents involving commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, are much more deadly than accidents involving passenger vehicles. In most cases, roughly 75-percent of those killed and critically injured are passengers in cars, vans and small trucks. This is no surprise considering the size and weight of a big-rig.
There are many things that make these vehicles more dangerous including the fact that they weigh in excess of 40 tons. But here are some other statistics:
- Driver negligence
- Trucks improperly loaded
- Improper, or no inspection
- Poorly loaded freight
- Mechanical breakdowns
Accidents of this type can lead to mountains of medical bills, life-long medical care, and even death. This is why it is so important that you not only seek medical care, but also a good attorney who handles these types of cases.
This is overwhelming, and victims often are tempted to accept extremely low settlement offers from insurance companies. Of course, insurance companies attempt to close the case as quickly as possible, saving themselves time and money.
But, if you are involved in such an accident, don’t fall for the first offer. It is important to remember that insurance companies are looking to settle your case for as little money as they possibly can, all for the sake of profit.
Talk with a personal injury lawyer before you make any decisions. This is what they do, and they are experts at fighting these insurance companies and looking out for your best interests.
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