Truck Accidents - Higher Damages
Pickup trucks are an incredibly popular class of automobile on the streets of Southern California. Many consumers choose to purchase light and heavy duty pickups for passenger transportation purposes. They do so without plans to ever use the towing capacity or the cargo bed. Unfortunately, the proliferation of pickups for passenger transport on the public streets has introduced more danger to persons and property. These dangers manifest in the form of truck accident. The additional risks created from these heavier vehicles has in recent years become the subject of extensive research and study.
Studies have been conducted to determine the impact on the insurance industry in the form of increased claims costs. Trucks are generally much heavier than cars and motorcycles. This makes them more difficult to maneuver and to slow down to dodge rear-end collisions and other accidents. Additionally, unequal weight distribution from an empty bed can create loss of control during rapid acceleration and deceleration. When collisions do occur, the increased weight and size of a vehicle can and often does increase property damage, bodily harm, and the likelihood of death. When accidents become more likely and cause more damage, they cost society more via increased insurance premiums that weigh on individuals and businesses alike.
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Steps to Avoid Catastrophic Truck Accidents
There is higher risk associated with these types of vehicles. All drivers should be vigilant and engage in proactive collision avoidance measures. This is especially important when encountering lifted Chevrolet Silverados or Ford F150s. These abhorrent things present additional issues. Some of those issues include low visibility, slow breaking and general lack of control. Here are some steps that could be followed to possibly decrease the likelihood of catastrophic injury in connection with a pickup:
- Watch Road Ahead. Watch for larger vehicles in front of you. Take note of their maneuvers, acceleration and breaking behavior. Stay far away from vehicles that exhibit erratic behavior such as quick lane changing without a blinker and rapid acceleration or deceleration. If one is spotted, leave plenty of space to avoid a collision or select a different route to your destination.
- Leave Adequate Space. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. If something crazy happens up ahead, this will allow time to stop or maneuver around any sudden hazards. It also allows people behind you to accurately assess how to also safely dodge any hazards. Remember that if you act erratic to avoid a hazard in the road, it could cause additional harm. Therefore, always follows at a safe distance.
- Regular Auto Maintenance. Keep your automobile in goof repair. Regular maintenance on your auto is a must for safety. Be sure to have good tires that are adequately inflated, functional anti-lock brakes, and working airbags and safety belts. This ensures that you are in the best possible position to avoid or lessen the damage of a crash.
- Obey Traffic Laws. In addition to the above, be sure to obey all speed limits, signals, signs and roadway markers. By driving slower and in accordance with the rules is a sure way to be a safer driver.
These are just a few suggestions on how to best prepare to stop a collision. Further study and practice is encouraged to fully prepare for stopping traffic collisions. When you follow the rules and are involved in a crash, you have nothing to worry about. In fact, you may have legal recourse against the person who hit you.
Retain Legal Representation for a Truck Accident
If you obeyed all traffic laws, watched the road and left adequate space, yet still ended up in a crash, you may have legal recourse. Your recourse is in the form of a lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the collision. The size of your lawsuit depends on the severity and extent of the injuries that you sustained in the crash. In order to prove the nature and extent of your injuries, you will need to act fast to obtain medical documentation. For those who have suffered harm that does not require emergency medical treatment, it is critical to seek treatment right away. If you do not, you could ruin your case.
Monetary recovery can never replace the frustration and physical damage created by the crash, but it can pay to put things back together. Therefore, do not wait to get the help you need. Let The Napolin Law Firm advise you today on how to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Call today to get started with a free legal consultation by dialing (909) 325-6032.