◦ It is estimated that there are nearly 4.5 million truck drivers and 8.9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs in the United States
◦ One third of all the semi trucks operating in the United States are registered in California, Florida and Texas.
Commercial trucks are among the heaviest vehicles on the roads. Even at a low rate of speed, an accident with a large commercial truck can cause significant damage and serious injuries. Owners of commercial trucks are required to have their vehicles meticulously maintained and routinely inspected. Accidents caused by large commercial trucks are often the result of poor vehicle maintenance. Also, issues regarding the ownership of commercial vehicles and determining the correct company to pursue for damages can be complicated.
If you are in involved in an accident, your first concern should be for your health and safety. If you are significantly injured, you should not get out of your vehicle nor should you attempt to move your vehicle. Call 911 on your cell phone, or use the emergency call button on your vehicle’s dashboard. If neither is within reach, call out for help and request that someone call 911 on your behalf. If you are not severely injured, and it is safe to leave your vehicle, you should do so. Again, you should call 911 to report the accident and wait in a safe location for help to arrive. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to remove your vehicle from the flow of traffic prior to the arrival of the police. If you are able, you should take a picture of the scene before moving your vehicle. Other than a law enforcement officer, you should not talk to anyone about the accident. Also, if you are injured, you should seek medical attention immediately as failure to timely seek care may prejudice your ability to be compensated for your medical bills and injuries. Finally, contact your insurance company and report the accident.
After you have dealt with the immediate crisis, you should consult with an attorney. If you have been involved in an accident, the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., would like the opportunity to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your rights and responsibilities and determine if you are entitled to compensation under the law. Please call toll free (844-AUTO-LAW) or e-mail (Claims@USALawsuits.com) the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., to discuss your potential legal claim.