Semi trailer drivers can be some of the most qualified drivers on the road. After all, they are tasked with navigating a gigantic machine loaded with expensive goods and a potential for devastation. Other drivers do their part to share the road with semi trailers safely. But accidents happen everyday and sometimes semi trailer accidents are unavoidable.
If you just experienced a semi trailer accident, you are likely dealing with the costly aftermath. You may be unable to work, dealing with serious injuries, and strained with medical costs. Knowing that your accident was caused by negligence may also being weighing on you. Whatever the case, you likely have some questions on the best move to make from here. When deciding what to do next, it could help to know what the common causes of accidents are and the facts about semi trailer accidents. While this information can help you take a step in the right direction, it may be time to contact a semi trailer accident attorney to help you make an informed decision.
Semi Trailer accidents hold devastating consequences for all of those involved. To keep other patrons of the roadway safe, skilled drivers are of the utmost importance in the commercial vehicle industry. Unfortunately, this commercial vehicle industry is currently experiencing a crippling shortage: over 60,000 driver seats need filled. This shortage is forcing employers to lower their standards when it comes to hiring drivers. With less skilled drivers on the road, the chances for negligent and reckless driving increases.
In a 2017 survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic safety Administration, negligent driving choices among the commercial truck industry included driving while exhausted, driving under the influence, and failing to adhere to traffic laws. It was also revealed that drivers being unfamiliar with routes—an issue increasing due to lack of commercial drivers—was also one of the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents.
Whatever the cause of a semi trailer accident is, the results are usually severe for the drivers and passengers of other vehicles. Of the near 4000 commercial vehicle accident deaths in 2017, over 3000 of the victims were in another vehicle. Those who manage to survive semi trailer accidents are still left with serious injuries. Common semi trailer accident injuries include the following:
No matter the extent of your injuries, you should seek medical attention immediately following a semi trailer accident. Often, the adrenaline from the accident may prevent you from realizing the severity of your injuries. After treatment, you should consider contacting a truck accident attorney.
Simpson Law Group has an experienced team of attorneys ready to provide the necessary guidance on how to proceed. We will work make it our goal to obtain compensation for your damages on your behalf. For a consultation, click this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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