If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a traffic accident involving a large truck, such as an 18-wheeler, a semi-truck, or a tractor-trailer, you are not alone. Every year accidents involving large trucks kill about 5,000 people and injure some 115,000 persons. Because of the vast weight difference between a large truck (especially one that is fully loaded and has a full tank of gas) and the general passenger automobile, SUV, minivan, or pickup truck, the passengers of the smaller vehicle may suffer serious injuries, including death, even though the impact was relatively slight.
Some of the injuries the occupants of the motor vehicle may suffer can range from broken arms, legs, and ribs to severe internal injuries to spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis from the neck (“quadriplegia”) or waist (“paraplegia”) down, traumatic brain injury caused by the head hitting an object in the vehicle or even just being subject to a violent jolt, or other serious injury that will require immediate and lengthy medical care and possibly multiple surgeries. Some injuries, such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain damage, and loss of a limb, to name a few, are permanent and deserving of full monetary compensation to cover both your physical and psychological injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a large truck, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to and collect the evidence before it is lost or destroyed. Do not talk with a representative of the truck driver or the company he or she works for, or its insurance representative, before you have had the chance to hire a lawyer. The lawyer will often advise you against giving a statement to the insurance company’s adjuster, as they are trained to trick you into saying things that will come back to haunt you at a later stage of the case. And you should never give a statement to the other party’s insurance adjuster or lawyer without the presence of your lawyer.