Although high-speed accidents tend to cause the most damage, a minor fender-bender can still injure the neck, spine and head. This is especially true in crashes that involve commercial trucks.
Truck accidents are more common in Mississippi than many people realize. In 2012, 6.4 percent of vehicles involved in fatal crashes were large trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Even if a truck wreck is not fatal, those involved can suffer brain trauma, bone fractures and other injuries that take months to heal. The health-care bills can be exorbitantly expensive, and some victims cannot return to work.
If you were injured in a truck crash in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi accident lawyer can determine if you may have grounds for a claim against the at-fault driver.
Read on to learn why truck accidents are so devastating:
Why Truck Accidents Are so Dangerous
Most truck drivers are skilled professionals who have more training and experience than typical road users. In spite of this, truck wrecks are more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities than collisions that involve passenger vehicles.
In many cases, the accident is not the truck driver’s fault. Drivers of regular vehicles often fail to take the size and speed of trucks into account. Accidents can happen when drivers merge in front of semi-trucks and brake suddenly, or when they travel for extended periods of time in the trucker’s blind spot.
The size and weight of trucks add to the severity of these crashes. According to the Federal Highway Administration, a tandem axle commercial vehicle can weigh 34,000 pounds. This excess weight adds momentum, which increases the impact force of an accident – especially when the truck is travelling at a high speed.
Many trucks also carry cargo, which adds to the weight and momentum. Wrecks can also happen if this cargo falls on or in front of adjacent vehicles.
How to Respond to a Truck Accident
If you were in a truck accident, you may have serious injuries such as broken bones, a concussion, or even back and neck complications. Your top priority is to seek medical attention.
If emergency services do not attend the scene, visit a physician as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel symptoms, you may have suffered an injury that takes several hours or days to manifest.
If the crash was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for lost income, medical bills and other damages. A Biloxi accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD can help you pursue the maximum settlement from the at-fault driver. If your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
Our attorneys give each case the individual attention that it deserves. Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.