Getting in an accident can be a terrifying experience. Not only is there property damage, insurance rates and police reports to be worried about, but victims are also dealing with what could be very serious injuries. When a person is injured in a truck accident, for example, injuries can be catastrophic due to the weight and power of these commercial-sized vehicles.
Recently, a Wisconsin woman was injured in this very type of crash. She was riding in a car with one other person and four dogs when the car crashed into a semi truck. The truck was reportedly blocking the road in front of the victim's vehicle as it tried to back up into a parking lot. Unable to avoid the enormous truck, the driver of the car crashed into it. Both people inside the car were admitted to the hospital. The woman is still in the hospital recovering from her significant injuries. As is often the case in truck accidents, the truck driver sustained no injuries whatsoever.
Truck accidents differ from other accidents because of the extent of the damage that can happen. A small car or motorcycle cannot protect passengers in the same way that a large truck can. This means that even if a car is totaled and the people inside the car are catastrophically injured or killed, a truck may have little or no damage and the truck driver may be unscathed. This is why they are required to comply with more federal and state regulations than non-commercial drivers.
It can be very important for victims to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable when they cause an accident. Injuries from a truck accident can require a lifetime of medical care, which can be very costly. Victims have the right to pursue compensation for these and other unexpected financial responsibilities.
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, "Nekoosa woman's condition upgraded to good after semi-car crash," Jan. 23, 2013