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Truck accidents: Deadly and devastating for those involved

Commercial truck accidents are devastating. The weight of such a large vehicle can crush smaller vehicles, leaving the people inside trapped or worse. Crashes involving commercial vehicles tend to involve more destruction, because the vehicle could weigh up to 25 times more than a car. That's like a 25-vehicle accident happening even though only two are involved.

If you're injured in a truck accident, the first thing you'll always want to do is to get the right medical care. Your health is the most important thing to worry about. After you're stable and in a position to seek help with a claim, then you can worry about recovering compensation.

Commercial truck drivers know that their vehicles pose unique dangers. For one thing, the freight the vehicles carry can be hazardous. Gasoline, acids, industrial waste, and other kinds of materials could spill during an accident. These materials may be flammable or burn human skin, poisoning its victims.

After being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you will want to prove your case is sound to obtain compensation. You should show how the driver violated a duty to exercise reasonable care by showing what he/she was doing when this person crashed into you. Was he/she Eating? Talking on the phone? These are distractions that could have resulted in the accident.

Proving that the driver wasn't being careful is enough to show that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care and was the cause of injury to you. By being able to prove these facts, you have a better chance of winning the compensation you're asking for in court.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Overview," accessed Aug. 06, 2015

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