America’s truckers are an integral part of the economy, and we largely depend on them for the flow of goods throughout the country. The average person takes for granted just how difficult it is to drive a big rig down a road, let alone for days or weeks at a time. Because of the number of rigs on the road, these vehicles are involved in a lot of accidents despite having very skilled drivers for the most part.
The sheer size of 18-wheelers means that when they do get into an accident, it’s often much uglier and much more severe than a collision between regular vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 500,000 trucking accidents each year in the US, causing at least 5,000 deaths, including 700 truck drivers.
If you were involved in one of these accidents, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Truman & Radford is an experienced Utah truck accident law firm that knows how to get their clients compensation in a variety of ways.
Common causes of truck accidents
Determining the cause of the accident is imperative to determining guilt and thus receiving compensation for your injuries. Some common causes of truck accidents in Utah are:
- Truck defects: faulty brakes, steering, wheels, headlights, transmission issues, etc.
- Driver fatigue
- Drivers being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Road conditions
Sometimes, an accident happens from just plain poor driving; For example, taking a turn too quickly and flipping the bed of the truck.
The key in winning compensation in a truck accident is to be able to prove that the trucking company made a mistake, and often times this requires good investigative work by a seasoned attorney to figure that out. For example, a trucking company may blame an accident on something irrelevant, but an investigation may determine that they were carrying massively overweight cargo – which is against the law. Sometimes it takes time to determine that the driver was acting negligently or ignoring state laws regarding truck driving safety.
Often these things are not discovered until someone files a personal injury claim and gets an attorney to analyze the case.
Dealing with insurance companies
Insurance companies will dispute a claim if they’re not satisfied with the evidence, and they will be reluctant to award any compensation if they feel they can get away with it. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need of your injuries, the fault of the accident, and navigate Utah’s bureaucracy for you to get the justice you need.
Are you looking for compensation for a truck accident in Utah?
If you need help with seeking compensation after a truck accident in Utah, get in touch with Truman & Radford Injury Attorneys today to start the process.
Truman & Radford, Injury Attorneys
20 North Main Street, #309
St. George, Utah