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The Devastating Impact of Truck Accidents:

What You Need to Know

Imagine you're driving down the Massachusetts Turnpike, enjoying a sunny afternoon, when suddenly, a massive semi-truck veers into your lane. In an instant, your life is turned upside down. Truck accidents are not just ordinary traffic mishaps; their sheer size and weight can make them catastrophic. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, understanding your rights and options is crucial. Let’s delve into the complexities of truck accidents and what you should do if you find yourself in such a traumatic situation.

Why Truck Accidents Are More Dangerous

When a collision involves a truck, the consequences are often far more severe than standard car accidents. Trucks, due to their enormous size and weight, can cause extensive damage to smaller vehicles and lead to devastating injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks were involved in 10% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in recent years, despite representing a much smaller proportion of overall traffic. The disparity between the size of a truck and a passenger vehicle means that the latter often bears the brunt of the impact, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities.

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Understanding Liability in Truck Accidents

The Complexity of Determining Fault

One of the most challenging aspects of truck accidents is determining liability. Unlike typical car accidents, where fault is usually attributed to one or both drivers involved, truck accidents often involve multiple parties. These can include the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck, or even the entity responsible for maintaining the vehicle. Each party may share a portion of the blame, and untangling these responsibilities requires a thorough investigation. In Massachusetts, comparative negligence laws can impact how compensation is awarded, making it essential to have a knowledgeable attorney to navigate these complexities.

Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents

Understanding the common causes of truck accidents can help in both prevention and litigation. Some of the primary factors include:

  • Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers often work long hours, and fatigue can impair their reaction times and decision-making abilities.

  • Improper Maintenance: Trucks require regular and rigorous maintenance. A poorly maintained truck is a danger on the road.

  • Overloaded Trucks: Exceeding weight limits can affect a truck's handling and braking capability.

  • Distracted Driving: Just like other drivers, truck drivers can be distracted by phones, GPS devices, or other in-cab distractions.

Each of these factors can significantly increase the risk of an accident and are critical points to investigate following a crash.

The Importance of Immediate Action

Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

If you find yourself in the aftermath of an accident with a truck, taking immediate and decisive action can protect your rights and strengthen your case. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the top priority. Even if you feel fine, some injuries might not be immediately apparent.

  2. Report the Accident: Ensure the accident is reported to the police, and a detailed report is filed.

  3. Gather Evidence: If possible, take photos of the accident scene, collect contact information from witnesses, and document any details that might be relevant.

  4. Contact an Attorney: Engaging a personal injury attorney experienced in truck accidents can be pivotal. They will guide you through the legal process, help gather necessary evidence, and advocate on your behalf.

Taking Legal Action

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Truck accidents often result in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional trauma. A personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for these damages. In Massachusetts, you have a limited time to file a claim due to the statute of limitations. An experienced attorney will ensure that all deadlines are met, and your case is thoroughly prepared.

Moreover, truck accidents typically involve dealing with large trucking companies and their insurance providers. These entities have robust legal teams aiming to minimize payouts. Having a seasoned lawyer by your side levels the playing field, ensuring that your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Massachusetts, don't navigate this complex and challenging situation alone. The aftermath of such accidents can be overwhelming, but you don't have to face it without support. At Regan Law, we have over 30 years experience in truck accident cases, and we're committed to helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us by filling out our contact form, calling (978) 744-1220, or texting us at (978) 643-0552  today for a free consultation and case evaluation, and let us be your advocate in this difficult time. There is no fee unless we get you compensation.

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