Being injured in a truck accident may leave you with catastrophic injuries and feeling helpless about your future and your ability to rebuild your life. In working with a Michigan personal injury attorney at the Freedman Law Group, however, you will have a competent legal representative at your side to protect your rights and to assist you in taking the legal action that your accident deserves.
A truck accident has the potential to be a catastrophic or even deadly event for many of the people involved, most often to those who are not in the truck itself. In fact, according to 2008 traffic statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 80% of truck accident victims who are injured are occupants from other vehicles or non-occupants (cyclists or pedestrians). Only a small percentage of those injured in truck accidents are the drivers of the trucks themselves.
Why are truck accidents so serious? Depending on the particular vehicle and its use, a commercial truck may weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. It may be carrying hazardous cargo as well, and this means that a collision may result in an explosion or in the spillage of cargo that can cause further damage. The typical passenger car may weigh approximately 2,000 pounds. Pitted against a commercial truck weighing approximately 40 times its weight, the passenger car stands little to no chance.
You may have the opportunity to recover significant financial compensation after a truck accident. Personal injury law enables you to hold the negligent driver, trucking company or other party legally responsible for their actions. In doing so, you are able to recover the financial compensation you need for medical care and other damages or expenses that resulted from the incident. Contact our firm right away if you need help in your truck accident case!