Anyone who drives knows that there are a lot of dangers on the roads. Actually, the longer you drive, the more dangers that you really become aware of. One of the worst is the danger posed by other drivers, most especially drivers of large vehicles like tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. Because of the size of most commercial vehicles, these accidents tend to be much worse than accidents between cars of approximately the same size. When you consider that there are nearly half a million accidents involving vehicles like tractor trailers in the United States every year, that thought becomes even more frightening. Also, most people pass at least one commercial vehicle during their daily commute. The odds of being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, therefore, are fairly disturbing.
Unfortunately, this is all more problematic because of the tendency of some commercial drivers to drive aggressively (for more information about aggressive drive visit nhtsa.gov. It can be difficult driving a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle. Some drivers try to work too many hours and are therefore very sleepy while driving, see our blog about safe truck driving here. This means that they can be prone to dozing off behind the wheel. Others simply practice unsafe driving habits, such as following too closely or not checking blind spots when changing lanes. These problems place everyone around them at risk. An unsafe lane change can easily cause a collision. Sometimes, the vehicle in the lane next to them does not even realize that the truck is coming towards them. Other times, the other driver is simply helpless to prevent it, because they have nowhere to go. This is especially true on the interstate where there are partitions between the lanes or jersey walls. Unfortunately, because the speeds everyone travels on the interstate is higher than on local roads, this also means that the accidents are proportionately worse.
If you find yourself involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is important to remember that you still have just as many rights as if you were involved in an accident with another personal driver and car. You should also keep in mind that injuries may not appear right away. You always need to get checked out by a medical professional. Also, it is a good idea to keep in mind that the insurance company is not your friend. This is even somewhat true of your own insurance agency. Their job, really, is to make sure that they do not pay out any more than they absolutely have to.
The best course of action when you find yourself in this situation is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney, who can help you deal with the insurance company to get your medical bills covered, your vehicle repaired, and help you get some compensation for any time you lost from your job.