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Accidents happen on the road all the time, but arguably none are as potentially devastating as large truck and tractor-trailer accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck, a tractor-trailer, and/or an 18-wheeler, there are a few things you should know.

How common are truck accidents?

Truck accidents are far more common than you might think. Each year, there are around 500,000 trucking accidents in the US. Around 5,000 of those accidents result in death.

Put in context, this means that around every 15 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured in an accident involving a large truck.

Why are truck accidents so serious?

 There are several reasons why accidents involving large trucks tend to be more serious or destructive than other auto accidents—like, say, passenger car accidents.

One of the main reasons is the sheer size and weight of these trucks as well as the loads they carry. The legal weight for an 18-wheeler—assuming there are no oversized loads involved—is 80,000 pounds (40 tons). Because they are so large, these vehicles sometimes have trouble coming to a complete stop as quickly as cars can. This means that they sometimes are unable to avoid accidents that would have been much easier to avoid in a car.

In addition to the stopping issue, the actual impact of such a huge vehicle can often be far more severe than the impact of a smaller vehicle. This is not to mention the fact that large trucks may be carrying flammable or otherwise dangerous cargo that could increase the damage in any accident.

Finally, truck drivers are often at increased risk of accidents when driving. This is especially true of long-haul truckers, who may be operating under a great deal of pressure and on very little sleep.

What sort of injuries can a truck accident cause?

 Accidents involving large trucks can cause a wide range of injuries. This may include serious back, neck, and spinal trauma, broken bones, crushed or disembodied limbs, head injuries, burns, internal injuries and organ damage, paralysis, and even death.

What can a truck accident attorney help me with after my accident?

 If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, you are probably overwhelmed and trying desperately to recover. It’s incredibly easy for medical bills and lost wages to begin snowballing after a serious accident, leaving people who are already struggling to heal in the lurch.

A personal injury attorney with a focus on truck accidents can help you pursue the damages you deserve to compensate you for the many things your injury has taken from you.

An experienced, knowledgeable, and skillful personal injury attorney with truck accident specialization will be able to offer a number of very useful services toward the ends of getting your settlement. These include:

  • Investigation: An attorney can help gather evidence in your case, including putting together documentation, data, a narrative timeline, and corroborating witness and expert testimony. They will help you tell the story of what really happened to you, with proof to back it up.
  • Strategizing: An attorney will be able to really examine your case from all angles, and help you come up with the best possible strategy for pursuing your damages.
  • Facing off Against Insurance Companies: Unfortunately, far too many survivors of truck accidents (and all auto accidents) find themselves trying to wrestle coverage and/or a settlement from an intransigent insurance company. These companies know that attorney representation means you will be harder to brush off. A well-versed personal injury attorney should be able to show the insurance companies that you are not helpless and will not be easy to take advantage of.
  • Negotiation and Litigation: An attorney can help you negotiate for your settlement, representing your best interests to ensure that you get the security and compensation that you deserve. A good attorney will try to avoid unnecessary litigation (as it is taxing, time-consuming, and often very expensive). However, they will not be afraid of litigation, either, and will be prepared to go to Court at any given time on your behalf, even while trying to reach a solution in pre-litigation mediation and negotiation sessions.

Are you looking for a truck accident attorney in Middletown, Connecticut? Attorney Jefferson Hanna is ready to help. Attorney Hanna has the specialized experience and skill to help get you the settlement you deserve. Call (860) 265-4600 for a consultation on your case today.

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