According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 3,852 truck-related deaths in 2015. Of those deaths, 69 percent were drivers or passengers in other vehicles. Another 15 percent were pedestrians or individuals on bicycles or motorcycles. If you include truck-related injuries, the numbers skyrocket even further.
The bottom line is that while truck accidents are certainly dangerous to truck drivers, they are statistically far more dangerous for people outside the truck. It is important to understand as much as you can about truck-related injuries or deaths so that you can protect both yourself and your loved ones.
Common Causes of Truck-Related Injuries
The best way to reduce the likelihood of truck-related injuries is to avoid some of their common causes. For drivers, these causes include driving in the blind spot of a truck, trying to pass a truck when it is not safe to do so and quickly merging near a truck. It’s smart to remember that trucks are much less forgiving and responsive than smaller vehicles, and the truck driver might simply be unable to adjust to your driving in time to prevent an accident.
However, truck drivers can also be at fault. Fatigued or distracted truck drivers can quickly cause a lethal situation, but mechanical failures can take the situation completely out of the truck driver’s hands.
Always give trucks ample space, and keep an eye out for trucks that seem to be moving oddly or erratically.
What to Do if You’re Injured in a Truck-Related Accident
If you are involved in a truck-related accident, it is imperative that you remain on the scene until law enforcement arrives. Make your statement to the police, and obtain all relevant information from the truck driver. Call your insurance company as soon as possible too.
What To Do if You Lose a Loved One in a Truck-Related Accident
Losing a loved one is always difficult, especially when the death is sudden. While it isn’t easy to think of much else after the loss, you should try your best to find out whether the death was due to negligence or another preventable cause.
Deciding Whether or Not You Need an Attorney
If you think your truck-related injury or death of a loved was possibly due to negligence or a preventable factor, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately. While there is no way to make up for what happened, speaking with a lawyer can help ensure that justice is done.