Being involved in a big rig crash is one of the most dangerous of all possible situations. If you end up in the path of one of these rigs, they can easily destroy your vehicle and everyone inside it. There are some ways you can lessen your chances of being in one of these wrecks. Most of the big rigs out there actually have this information stickered to the back of their trailers, but many drivers choose not to pay attention.
Truck drivers have very limited visibility. Behind them and alongside the vehicles, they’re completely dependent upon the vehicle’s mirrors to see. This means that they cannot see you if you cannot see their mirrors. Following a semi too closely is asking for trouble. In cities, they may stop or change lanes too quickly for you to react. On the highways, they create a powerful draft of air around them that can blow you out of the lane. They also kick up rocks and debris that can break a windshield.
If you see a situation where a big rig collision is imminent, try to get as far away as possible. Pay particular attention around entrance ramps to freeways, where drivers sometimes refuse to yield the right of way to big rigs and end up getting sideswiped or rear ended.
If you end up in a big rig accident, you definitely wan to call a truck accident lawyer. There are a few things that make these accidents different than your run-of-the-mill car accident. First and foremost, you’ll likely be dealing with a corporation rather than an individual driver. That corporation may try to avoid their financial responsibility to you if their driver was negligent.
Some of these companies will present you with a check almost immediately after the accident. If they do so, it’s likely that they’re afraid you’re going to sue. You should consult with an attorney before accepting any checks from a trucking company. If they pressure you to accept it, just tell them you need time to think about it and contact an attorney. Don’t fall for any threat that the offer will expire if you don’t take it right away.
An attorney will be able to figure out if the company is to blame for your accident. If so, a jury may award you financial compensation for your pain and suffering, your injuries and your lost property.