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The Luck Few-Surviving a Truck Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 9th, 2010

Anyone who survives a big rig crash should count themselves as lucky. While these trucks and the people who drive them constitute an important part of modern society, they also have very real responsibilities related to their trade. When they don't live up to them, the result is quite often death and disaster. These trucks can weigh over 100,000 pounds, in some cases, and when they're cruising down the highway at 70 miles per hour there is little that stands a realistic chance of surviving a wreck. If you do make it out, you may be eligible for damages.

Semi truck can be very safe vehicles if they're properly-maintained and deadlier than anything else on the road if they're not. Trucking companies have a responsibility to keep their trucks in good repair and to meet a host of safety standards set up by the federal and state governments. In some cases, the company may have been slack in living up to these standards and, when that is the case, they are likely financially liable for all the damage that they cause to you, whether it's to your property or to your person. A lawyer will know for sure.

The individuals that drive the trucks also have to adhere to certain standards. There are a shocking number of truckers who report that they've fallen asleep behind the wheel. Even if it's just for a second, the truck can go for a great distance in this interval and if someone cannot get out of their way, they may well lose their life. Truckers are entitled to a certain amount of rest for every hour they drive. Some companies push these drivers very hard and, if they've set up an accident by that action, you need to talk to a truck accident attorney.

A big rig wreck is something beyond the common car accident. One of these vehicles can easily take out a number of passenger cars and trucks and cause horrendous property damage. Deaths are not uncommon in these accidents. While they may think they own the road, trucking companies have no more right to the road than you do and, if they've trampled on that right, an attorney may be able to get you financial relief. That compensation may be enough to pay for your medical bills and to restore or replace any property you lost in the accident.