Due to the large and heavy nature of the motor vehicle involved, truck accidents often lead to grave injuries or even death. In 2014 alone, nearly 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The threat of death or injury that comes with trucking accidents is shocking. California Vehicle Code says the average big rig traveling on the state’s roads can be as long as 75 feet and can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., compared with the average passenger vehicle weighing just 4,000 lbs. This weight and size difference represents an even higher safety concern for motorists, particularly on busy highways.
To assume that you will get an adequate payout from your insurance company after an accident is unwise; the typical payout model for insurance companies aims only to cover the bare necessities, maintaining their own high profits. Don’t be fooled by the sum they offer – it may not even come close to what you’ll really wind up paying in medical bills. And if your car is totaled, they’ll only pay you what it was worth, which isn’t enough to buy a whole new car, so you’re still stuck with new car payments.
They’ll usually offer just enough to cover the value of your car and immediate medical bills, not including ongoing pain, rehab, or lost wages from missing work.
So how do you get the compensation you need?
Call Kuzyk Law. Our experienced Fresno truck accident lawyers can get you the proper amount you’re owed, so you can recover your finances as well as your health.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
The range of injuries in truck accidents is similar to that of car accidents, but can be much more severe when you add in the weight and size of commercial trucks. Take a look at a few common injuries one can experience in a truck crash:
- Head injuries: traumatic brain injury, concussion, skull fractures, hearing loss, and vision problems.
- Back and spinal cord injuries: paralysis, herniated disk, and muscle weakness.
- Neck and shoulder injuries: whiplash, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, cardiac arrest.
- Seatbelt and airbag injuries: Severe damage to the chest and abdomen, as well as abrasions to hands and blunt force trauma to the head.
- Torso and rib injuries: Punctured lungs, damage to vital organs.
- Cuts, lacerations, abrasions, bruises, broken and shattered bones, severed limbs.
- Emotional distress.
- Death: Due to the severity of damage involved in a commercial truck accident, death is not uncommon.
Insurance Won’t Pay an Adequate Sum
It’s a common mistake for people involved in truck accidents to believe the insurance company will pay for all the damages they have suffered, as well as medical care now and in the future.
Not so. If you don’t have a good personal injury attorney on your side, you will be lucky to get the bare minimum coverage for vehicle damage and immediate hospital bills. Even worse, the insurance company may try to say the accident was YOUR fault when it was not. On top of all that, they will attempt to appease you with the smallest payout possible.
You deserve more.
After a truck accident, you don’t just have your own vehicle to worry about repairing. In fact, that’s often the least of your worries. You need money for pain and suffering, ongoing medical bills, therapy, chiropractic care, and lost wages while you recover.
That’s where Kuzyk Law comes in.
Obtaining Necessary Compensation
Kuzyk Law’s personal injury lawyers have been working in this industry for more than 45 years. We know how insurance companies bully accident victims into settling for the lowest possible amount. We know how hard the red tape can be to cut through when it comes to getting the financial award you deserve. And we know the court system inside and out.
Having someone on your side to navigate through all the hassle and distractions is the best choice for anyone involved in a truck accident.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a truck accident? The first thing you should do is to call Kuzyk Law. We advise you to follow your doctor’s orders, take the best care of yourself possible, and save all paperwork, prescription bottles, and photos of your injuries. Get pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, the truck that hit you, your injuries and pictures that show your treatment. Refrain from speaking to anyone but your personal injury lawyer or doctor about your case.
Call Kuzyk Law now to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation at 661-945-6969. Time is of the essence!