When you hear the word “truck,” there’s a good chance your mind jumps immediately to the big rigs we all encounter when driving on the highway or the interstate. We know that tangling with a semi is a bad idea and so we’re used to being vigilant when sharing the road with them at high speeds.
But there are, of course, many kinds of trucks. Quite a number of them are navigating the city streets rather than the highway. And while these trucks may be smaller and moving more slowly, the results of a crash can be just as serious.
Ticking Off the Types of Trucks
Trucks you might encounter around town include:
- Delivery trucks. The drivers of delivery trucks are often under a lot of pressure to meet demanding deadlines. As a result, they may be speeding and might not always take in the full situation at intersections—and those things can lead to accidents. You might also encounter these trucks in parking lots, which can also be dangerous areas.
- Utility and service trucks. The folks who keep our water and electricity running, trim trees, and the like are often driving trucks with large and awkward extensions that allow them to do their jobs but can also make it more like that they may collide with obstacles—including your vehicle.
- Dump trucks. The amount of weight in a dump truck can greatly impact its stopping distance. A poorly loaded truck is also in danger of rolling over or of spilling debris along the road, creating a dangerous situation for other drivers.
- Ambulances. Because ambulances are in the business of responding to emergencies, they are often going very fast, weaving through traffic and ignoring traffic signals. It is legal for them to do all of these things, but it also increases the risk of accidents. That’s why it is so important to pull over and stop for emergency vehicles.
What You Should Do If You Are Hurt in a Truck Accident
Of course, the single most important thing you can do if you are injured in an accident involving a truck is to get the medical attention you need. You want to get headed toward recovery as quickly as possible.
Once your immediate medical issues have been addressed, you want to find an attorney who will investigate the circumstances of the accident, determine who should be held liable, and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
The lawyers of SJ Injury Attorneys will work vigorously on your behalf. If you have been injured, contact us for a free consultation.