How often truck accidents occur:

Typically weighing more than 10,000 pounds, a commercial truck has the potential to be one of the most dangerous objects in the world. Businesses everywhere depend on these vehicles to make their products available from coast to coast in very short times, due to their tremendous power and huge storage space.

However, because they have so much room for holding goods, they obstruct the driver’s view more than any other vehicle. Since it’s much more convenient for businesses to keep their shipping trips to a minimum, truck manufacturers don’t make a lot of room for mirrors to reflect the truck’s surroundings; doing that would mean drastically restricting the height and length of the trailer.

At an average of about 1,400 times a day—more than once per state—commercial trucks collide with everyday vehicles, causing utterly miserable and life-complicating injuries.

This epidemic of commercial truck accidents is mainly due to the fact that the drivers cannot see asphalt:

  1. Directly behind the vehicle.
  2. Next to the left front corner of the trailer.
  3. Next to most of the trailer’s right-hand side.
  4. Next to the right front wheel.
  5. Very close in front of the front bumper.

The driver is seated so high in front of such a large wagon, smaller automobiles are practically invisible. In addition, because all traffic is required to travel on the right-hand side, right turns are relatively abrupt.

This is especially true for commercial trucks, since their trailers are loosely attached for the purpose of conveniently adjusting to angle changes.

How long-term injuries affect your quality of life:

Every now and again, you will stumble or fall down, leaving you with at least a small mark on the exterior or interior of your body. The harder the impact, the more harmful it can be; the more intensely you’re struck, the longer you’ll most likely suffer physically and/or mentally.

Probably the most common causes of physical injury are:

  1. Falling on a poorly-maintained floor or ground
  2. Collisions between automobiles.

In one of these situations, a person is usually “thrown” against something, similar to how a wide receiver spikes a football after making a big TD play. Just like a large machine can be wrecked after being slammed down to the ground, a human body can be severely disabled after a huge blow.

As a result, a person can instantly lose the ability to move around or reach for things, in some cases permanently.

Just as a computer can lose its functions after a hard fall, a person may never be as mentally sharp as they once were after they’ve crashed down. A victim of a slip/fall or vehicle accident may completely forget the role of almost every body part, as well as how to make it function.

A psychological injury can be so severe that almost every task requires the strength of another person to accomplish.

FAQs about slip/fall lawsuits:

What constitutes a legitimate slip/fall accident?

A slip/fall accident occurs at a location—private or public—that does not belong to the person who suffers in the event. In such a situation, the person’s foot comes into contact with some sort of damaged or uneven spot in the floor or ground beneath, or they may run into an object that obstructs their path.

What proves that the accident is not at all the fault of the injured?

In order for the person hurt to be considered totally innocent, a court needs evidence that the owner:

  • Had no legitimate need to have the area set up the way it was at the time
  • Did not do everything they could to properly maintain or clean up the area
  • Was very aware of how dangerous the area was

In addition, they need evidence that the injured:

  • Had no reason to suspect any hazards or issues with the location
  • Did everything possible to get around safely
  • Was carefully watching where they were going
  • Did not do any extreme physical motions that could put them at high risk of injury

If not all four of those boxes can be checked, the property owner might be able to have you penalized for what’s called “comparative negligence.” This is the idea that the injured person’s behavior or conduct at the time had made the incident more probable.

What can a victim get compensation for?

If it’s proven beyond reasonable doubt that you did nothing to put yourself in a position to fall down and get severely hurt, you may be entitled to exemption from:

  • Charges for emergency medical attention
  • Decrease in income
  • Paying for mobility support
  • Having to buy yourself any medications to address lingering effects

Do you need a personal injury attorney?

In most cases, someone may owe you money for causing you unfair physical misery by way of reckless or negligent conduct. If that accurately describes your situation at a given time, then it might be really helpful to have the support of a personal injury lawyer.

If you’re not that severely injured and neither medical service nor insurance charges you anything in response to the incident, the service might not be necessary. However, if your body’s having a really tough time functioning and you’re being obligated to pay for recovery all by yourself, you might want legal representation.

Personal injury lawyers advocate for compensation from:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Accidents in professional tasks
  • Traffic accidents
  • Falling on floors and grounds
  • Muscle/bone damage from repetitive activity
  • Chest infections
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals (e.g., asebestos)

The job of these representatives is to prove you’re in no way responsible for getting yourself into a position to suffer the grueling pain you’re going through. They strive to make it abundantly clear that you had no reason to expect a hazard leading up to the incident, and the circumstances were a total surprise to you.

If you win your case, you’ll be free from any obligation to pay for any applicable medical attention, property damage, etc. resulting from your injury.