The Emotional Aftermath of a Truck Accident


March 03, 2017

Most of us get into our vehicles each and every day and travel to work, to school, to run errands, visit friends and family, pick up and deliver the children to their daily activities and any other activity which requires us to go any significant distance. Unless you live in a city which is fully covered by a mass transit system, then it is very likely that you drive a car on a regular basis, sharing the road not only with other passenger cars, but with big eighteen-wheelers which travel the highways delivering goods.

The bad news is that when an 18-wheeler truck, weighing from 40,000 to 80,000 pounds, comes into contact with a passenger car weighing 3,000 to 7,000 pounds, there is little doubt who will come out on the short end of the accident. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation states that over 98% of trucking accidents result in at least one death. The sheer weight and size of a commercial truck means there is significant threat to the passenger car sharing the road.

Causes of Truck Accidents

There are many different causes of accidents involving trucks. Truckers drive incredibly long hours, even though their schedules are  federally governed. A trucker's livelihood depends on how many loads he delivers in the shortest amount of time, and the trucking company who employs him is interested in their bottom line on the yearly financial statement. In some cases, log books are fudged, and truckers are driving in an exhausted state, running on caffeine and sheer force of will.

Additionally, many truck drivers are not sufficiently trained before they take to the road. Although fatigued or impaired truck drivers do cause many accidents, the drivers of passenger vehicles sometimes share in the responsibility for accidents. Many drivers on the road simply do not realize that the truck driver is unable to see them if they are directly behind or directly beside the truck. A car who is following too closely, or staying right beside the truck may not be seen by the truck driver, causing him to change lanes and sideswipe the car, or stop without realizing a car is directly behind him. Along with all these reasons, poor road design and bad weather can lead to a serious truck accidents.

The Aftermath of a Truck Accident

It is highly likely that if you survived a collision with a commercial truck that you were left with extreme injuries, which could take weeks, months, or even years to fully heal. You may not have been able to return to work for a significant amount of time—or even at all, and could be wondering if your life will ever return to the way it was before the accident. You may have medical bills which are mounting at a truly alarming rate, and no idea how you will pay them all. If you have been off work for an extended period of time, you may not even be able to pay your normal living expenses. The trauma of the accident may be causing you serious emotional issues such as nightmares, insomnia, depression, or post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Intrusive thoughts about the accident may recur without warning, and when suddenly reminded of the accident, you may experience difficulty catching your breath, your heart may pound uncontrollably, or you may break out in a cold sweat. You may even have difficulty getting back into an automobile again, especially if you were driving when hit by the truck. You may have lost all confidence in your ability to drive, and may not even want to leave the safety of your home.

If you have experienced emotional and physical trauma as the result of an accident involving a large commercial truck, you need highly experienced and compassionate legal assistance. Our experienced truck accident attorneys at Montlick & Associates work hard on our clients' behalf fight to obtain for them compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, punitive damages in the appropriate cases, and more.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from any truck or automobile accident, it is a good idea to consider how one of our experienced and compassionate accident and injury attorneys can advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. All truck accidents have the potential to cause significant harm in the form of physical and mental injuries. With more than thirty-three years of experience, Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law strives to provide superior legal representation to injured individuals and their loved ones from all over Georgia.

Whether you have suffered injuries or you would like to speak with a legal professional about an injured loved one, the Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys of Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law have the dedication, skill, and experience to provide you with the guidance you need. For your free consultation, contact our office today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333). You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Sources:

https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Freight/sw/overview/index.htm

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks

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