Truck-Accident-LawyerNo one wants to be in a motor vehicle accident, but unfortunately, sometimes they are unavoidable. One out of two people will get into a car accident at least once in their lifetime. Those kind of statistics are not necessarily uplifting, but that is the grim reality of car accidents in the United States. At least 40,000 people will be killed this year as a result of car accidents, some of which will be preventable.

Unfortunately, a portion of those accidents that are fatal will involve trucks. Accidents involving trucks can be far more devastating than accidents involving passenger cars simply because of the large body, weight, and potential for high speeds that come along with trucks. Whether it’s an 18 wheeler or a regular chevy, trucks are certainly dangerous on the road. With a negligent driver behind the wheel, an accident that may result in minor injury could be disastrous.

A serious accident involving a truck could result in medical expenses, trauma, emotional damages, property damage, and essentially change the rest of your life as you know it. What can you do besides practice safe driving? When it comes to avoiding accidents with trucks, safe driving is a good start. However, with so much potential damage that can be incurred as a result of a collision with a truck, doing a little more is a good idea.

Consider your car and the size of it. Even if it’s fairly large, it can still be damaged in a collision with a truck. Worse, your car may fishtail into other traffic when struck by a car or get totally destroyed in the accident. If you see someone who is driving a truck and they are not staying in their lane, swerving, driving erratically or too fast or too slowly, get out of the way. Keep your distance. Stay behind them a good amount. If you suspect that the driver is intoxicated and you are on the highway or side lanes, stay your distance but alert authorities. Even if you do not get into a crash as a result of the driver, someone else might– and the results could be fatal.

This goes for any intoxicated driver of a vehicle– if you see someone driving impaired or dangerously, contact the authorities. With any luck, they’ll respond and get the driver off the road. Sometimes accidents occur as a result of poor judgment or malfunctions in equipment. A hitch can come loose or a tire can blow out. Consult a lawyer if you are not sure whether you can sue or not.

If you have been in an accident as a result of an impaired or negligent driver, you have the right to an attorney. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you figure out if your case is strong enough to go to court and win. Keep all of your documents and every bit of evidence pertaining to the accident, as you may need it. The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas can help. Call us or stop in today to see what your legal options are when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, and stay safe out there.