Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. In 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck accidents across the country. Of those, 69 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
Large vehicles can pose risks to everyone who shares the road with them. Here are answers to some of the common questions regarding commercial vehicle accidents.
What is considered a commercial vehicle?
Commercial vehicles are those used for business or the transport of commercial goods. Common examples include eighteen-wheeler tractor trailers, delivery vehicles and other large freight trucks. It is not just about the size of the vehicle, however, as smaller trucks or cars can be used for commercial purposes.
What are common dangers associated with commercial vehicles?
The size of many commercial vehicles is what often causes such devastating accidents and injuries. Passenger vehicles have little chance against such large vehicles, and the consequences can be deadly.
Who is liable for the accident?
You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries from the truck driver, the trucking company or an auto insurance company. The trucking industry is regulated, which makes these cases more complex than an accident between two passenger vehicles.
What can I expect in compensation?
The results depend on the situation. There are multiple factors to explore when it comes seeking compensation. The other party may look to settle, which could be an option if the settlement is negotiated properly. However, you also need to be prepared to go to court to fight for fair compensation. A qualified attorney can help you evaluate your injuries and damages and maximize your recovery.