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Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident In Rhode Island?
Last year over four thousand Americans lost their lives due to trucking accidents. Although advances in truck safety and regulations have made driving less deadly, the number of truck crashes each year continues to rise. Truck drivers in Rhode Island are facing more distractions than ever before, whether checking text messages, blasting the radio to stay awake, or eating a quick dinner while navigating traffic. Even hands-free devices and Bluetooth speakers seem to only be used as an excuse to embrace further distractions.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
It only takes a quick moment of diverted attention or a slowed response due to long hours on the road for a truck driver to miss a light or not notice a car in the other lane.
The most common truck accidents resulting in serious injuries are due to driver fatigue. Truck drivers notoriously spend long hours on the road with very few breaks, and as such, they may have a hard time focusing on the road and suffer from delayed response times.
Lack of Truck Maintenance
Almost equally common are accidents due to a lack of truck maintenance. These accidents frequently involve worn-down brakes or cargo that hasn't been loaded properly. Commercial trucks haul heavy loads long distances and require frequent maintenance and daily inspections. When trucking companies or their drivers fail to perform regular maintenance, severe accidents result.
The most severe truck accidents occur when a truck, often operated by an exhausted or impaired truck driver, drifts into the same lane as oncoming traffic. Head-on truck collisions have the highest rate of fatalities and account for the majority of deadly truck collisions each year, even though they are among the least common types of accidents.
Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
When a truck driver does not halt their vehicle at a Rhode Island red light, or if they let their attention wander and drift into another lane on the highway, they are jeopardizing numerous lives. Other motorists are the most susceptible to serious injury or even death when truck drivers break the law on the road. When they fail to make reasonable efforts to protect themselves and others, they may be guilty of negligence. Even though everyone has lapses in attention and makes momentary mistakes, there is no excuse for the type of failure that results in broken lives. Insurance companies often pressure trucking accident victims to use their own coverage or settle for a fraction of their actual damages, so many injured victims choose to look for the most experienced truck accident attorney Rhode Island has to offer. As soon as you seek medical attention for your injuries, you should decide what legal representation you need. Trucking insurance companies hire trained professionals, called adjusters, whose sole duty is to settle your truck accident case for as low a cost as possible.
What Should Truck Accident Victims Do?
While every truck accident is different, the first few minutes after a collision are critical:
- Call law enforcement. Police response to a truck accident provides an independent source of evidence that can be critical in resolving your case. In addition to calling law enforcement to help source evidence, seeking medical assistance for any serious or life-threatening injuries is crucial
- Collect information. Do not allow the truck driver and other parties involved to leave the scene without first getting a full name, phone number, address, and insurance information. If possible, photograph their trucker's insurance card and driver's license and email them to yourself immediately.
- Identify evidence. Take photographs immediately of the damage to your vehicle, the damage to the truck that caused the accident, and the surrounding area. If the accident occurred in an intersection, take photographs showing where your vehicle was before and after the collision. These pictures will help to visually outline the events leading up to and the damage caused by the accident
- Find witnesses. If anyone else saw the accident, get their name, phone number, and address, and email them to yourself immediately. A photograph of an ID can also be helpful, particularly if your attorney needs to compel them to answer.
FAQ: Providence Truck Accident Case
Do I need a lawyer to help me after my truck accident?
While you are not required to hire a lawyer after getting injured in a truck accident, doing so is still in your best interest. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to review your case and help you get the compensation you are due.
Who is liable for a truck accident?
Every trucking accident is different, so it depends on the situation who will be held liable. Often, however, the trucking company that hired the driver will be held responsible for any damages (including medical bills, lost wages, etc.) and injuries they cause while driving for them.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck wreck?
As with all personal injury cases, there is a statute of limitations for a truck accident lawsuit. In Rhode Island, you have three years after the date of the injury. This is why you should call an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible, so you don't run out of time.
Finding The Best Providence Truck Accident Lawyer
Hiring a Providence truck accident lawyer is an important decision. The best truck accident attorneys can evaluate your case quickly and provide advice so you can make an informed decision. No attorney should ever pretend to know the exact value of your case in advance, and you should never pay for an initial consultation. The law office of Louis W. Grande handles truck accident cases on "contingency" contracts, meaning that you never pay unless we win your case.
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Before speaking with the truck insurance companies, call our office. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We aggressively defend the rights of injured people in truck accidents and other personal injuries in Rhode Island. We will keep you updated on the status of your truck accident claim at all times while explaining the process and what you can expect following a truck accident with an injury. We are fully committed to getting the most money we can for you. The time following a truck accident with resulting injuries is stressful, and we are here to offer you our legal support by fighting aggressively to defend your rights. No matter your legal situation, if you suffer an injury due to the negligence of a truck driver, you could be compensated for your injuries.We aim to get you the compensation you and your family deserve to relieve the financial impact of a truck accident or wrongful death claim. Contact me now for help.
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