More often then not, truck accidents result in serious injuries, an extreme amount of property damage, and fatalities for those involved. Trucks are defined by The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) as any vehicle that weighs more than an SUV. The legal protocol for truck accidents is often very different than the legal protocol that follows a regular car accident. A person should get in touch with a truck accident lawyer to help them discern what steps need to be taken to get appropriately compensated for their losses.
With so many truck accidents occurring, it is important to investigate and understand what causes these accidents in the first place. The ALDOT has released data revealing the major causes of truck accidents in Alabama, they are as follows:
- Failure to change lanes appropriately
- Inability to yield accordingly or give the appropriate right of way
- Getting hit by unseen objects or hitting unseen vehicles or people
- Driving too close to other vehicles
- Failure to stop at an appropriate distance
- Manufacturing malfunction
- Poor backing and turning
- Failure to follow signs and traffic signals
- Running off the road
- Driving under the influence
Of these reasons, failure to change lanes properly accounts for the most accidents, resulting in about 12.4% of all truck collisions. Other matters such as driving under the influence and running off the road are much less common as they only result in about 1%-1.8% of all truck accidents. However, they still do occur. Truck drivers who get into collisions for driving recklessly can face more serious penalties in court.
Is there any case in which I should not report a truck accident?
Both the truck driver and the other vehicle drivers involved in the accident are required to inform relevant authorities about the collision. However, if the impact was very small and it did not cause any disruptions in traffic, caused no personal injuries, and resulted in no property damage then drivers can simply exchange information and move on their way.
The reality though, is that after a truck collision there is almost always some form of significant damage, or, at the very least, traffic is obstructed for a long period of time. In these cases, it is necessary for a person to call the police and the ambulance if necessary, to help get all the drivers and passengers involved in the collision to a nearby facility. Even if a person does not feel like they were hurt or if they feel like their injury is small enough for them to take care of on their own, they should still go to a medical facility and get checked up properly. If the injury grows over time and results in serious medical bills accumulating, a person can always turn back to their original assessment as evidence when making a claim for compensation.