The phrase “I feel like I was hit by a Mack truck” is used lightly to describe feeling aches and pains throughout one’s body. But actually getting hit by an 18 wheel truck is not something that can be taken lightly.
In 2012, there were over 2000 crashes involving trucks in the State of Oregon. The most common contributing factor in the cause of the crash was excessive speed. Other factors include mechanical defects, driving while intoxicated, and driving tired.
Trucking crashes can cause significant injury because of the size and weight of a truck compared to the other vehicles on the road. For example, a loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 lbs, whereas an average passenger car weighs 4,000 lbs. A truck and trailer rig may be 70 feet long compared to about 15 feet for a car. People in the smaller, lighter vehicle tend to be more seriously hurt or even killed.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a big rig and has suffered truck injuries, there are certain steps that should be taken in order to properly document the truck injuries. First, remember that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, not the injured person. The injured person can and should have an attorney communicating with the insurance company representative on the injured person’s behalf. Care should be taken with regard to the type of doctors that treat the injuries. Also, know that timing plays an important role in documenting both the injuries and the facts of the crash. Delay can cost money.
Obtaining fair compensation in a trucking case requires consideration of and preparation regarding the rules and regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies, nuances of commercial insurance policies, business entities and who may be held responsible for the crash. Seek out an attorney who knows how to handle the unique factors in litigating personal injury cases when a truck is involved.