Sharing the road with big trucks and semi tractor-trailors is tricky at times, especially in heavy traffic. The massive size, weight, and momentum of a moving eighteen-wheeler make truck accidents almost always catastrophic. Anything they collide with does not stand much of a chance – often resulting in serious personal injury and even death.
As an attorney who represents Chicagoland clients in auto and truck accident injury claims, I fight for victims every day to gain the benefits they deserve. With the risks posed by accidents with big-rig trucks, I want to offer some suggestions that will help you better share the road with them and reduce the likelihood that you will be involved in an accident.
Stay Visible. Large trucks have blind spots that are larger than cars – causing visibility problems. If you cannot see the driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the driver probably cannot see you either. Give the truck more room (roughly 4 car lengths) for visibility.
No Squeezing. Large trucks need ample room when making turns. When you see them turning, don’t try to squeeze into the space next to it – there’s simply not enough room to safely maneuver.
Communicate. Quickly switching lanes in front of a truck may cause emergency braking. Trucks take longer to slow down and stop. Their cargo adds forward momentum and they don’t maneuver well. When changing lanes, wait until you see the truck’s headlights in your rear-view mirror and use your turn-signal to indicate your intent before moving into that lane.
Respect. You’ll feel the power of an 18-wheeler when it passes. Wind gusts as the truck passes can impact cars in your lane. Keep both hands on the wheel when a truck passes you. Never accelerate when a truck passes; it’s better to slow-down and stay out of the trucker’s blind spot.
What To Do If You’re Involved.
Accidents and injuries caused by big-rig commercial trucks can be extreme and life-changing. If you’re involved, I suggest the following process:
Healthcare. First and foremost if you’re the victim of a truck accident is your health.
Seek medical attention. Recognize that injuries don’t always become apparent right away. Being examined by a physician should always be first priority.
Make Notes. Accidents are scary. Details are easy to overlook. Write down what you remember happening as soon as possible in your private notes. Share these notes only with your attorney who will find these enormously helpful in investigating who is responsible for the accident and holding them accountable for the injuries caused.
Representation. Gain legal representation so your rights are protected. Truck accidents are more complex for the victims because they can involve multiple responsible parties.
- Sometimes the negligence falls on the truck driver – fatigue, compressed schedules, distraction, drug and alcohol use, erratic and dangerous driving.
- Other times the negligence falls on others – improper loading, overloading, poorly maintained trucks & trailers, equipment malfunction, road conditions.
As a result, some of the parties involved can include . . . the truck driver . . . cargo loaders . . . the trucking company . . . equipment manufactures . . . other negligent drivers . . . and even government entities. Additionally, Federal and local laws may be involved.
Therefore, determining who is liable so that you may receive proper compensation requires a thorough investigation, a comprehensive understanding of the facts, and an appreciation of the impact the accident has had on you and your family. An experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer will focus upon the legal process so you can focus upon recovery from your injuries.
We Help Victims.
As an attorney, I feel it is my personal responsibility to fight for those who are victims of the negligent actions of others.
The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law are knowledgeable and experts in representing those injured in an accident with a commercial truck. We apply a disciplined approach to gain a comprehensive perspective on the facts, issues, and suffering experienced by victims of these catastrophic accidents. We make the legal process as stress-free as possible, focus on recovering compensate you, so that you can focus upon your recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or email us below.
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