The highways that crisscross Alabama serve as a conduit for heavy traffic up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest. These highways are home to 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, delivery vans and commercial trucks. An accident involving these heavy trucks can mean catastrophic injuries or death for those in smaller vehicles.
Numerous factors can contribute to a truck collision. These factors can include distracted driving, impaired driving, drowsy driving or mechanical failure. While every collision is unique, there are certain mistakes vehicle occupants can make that could harm their case, including:
- Apologizing or admitting fault for the collision: A motor vehicle collision can be an emotionally traumatizing event. Too often, the drivers of smaller passenger vehicles will admit some sort of guilt or blame for the wreck. Anything from a simple “I’m sorry” to a list of things that had distracted the driver from the road can ultimately diminish the value of the personal injury claim.
- Postponing medical treatment: Even if the vehicle occupants have avoided catastrophic injuries, it is crucial that everyone seeks a thorough diagnosis and follow the treatment plan. Some injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, might not exhibit any physical signs of damage. In these cases, symptoms might remain hidden for days or weeks following the collision. It is wise not to assume anything after a motor vehicle crash.
- Working too closely with the trucking company’s insurance carrier: The natural inclination is to proceed quickly through the matter after a collision. It is wise to remember, however, that the insurance carrier is acting in their own best interests. They will often seek to delay, devalue or deny a claim. Do not issue any sort of recorded statement and don’t rush to sign a hurried settlement.
While all motor vehicle collisions can result in potentially catastrophic injuries, those involving large trucks have a greater chance of severe consequences. From traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage to amputation and crush injuries, commercial truck collisions often leave a path of devastation. In severe instances, the crash can be deadly for vehicle occupants.