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How can you protect yourself after a commercial truck accident?

If you are ever in an accident with a large commercial truck, you know how serious this type of motor vehicle collision can be. Due to the large size and heavy weight of these types of vehicles, an accident with a semitrailer can have devastating consequences. Victims often sustain serious injuries, and extensive property damage is likely.

This type of accident is devastating, and you may not be sure how you can pick up the pieces and move forward from this point. If you are suffering from the reckless or negligent actions of a trucking company or trucker, you have options. It is in the interests of every Mississippi motorist to know how to pick up the pieces and fight for a full and fair recovery.

What was the cause? 

If you have ever been in a crash involving a large truck, you know that the immediate aftermath can be overwhelming. This is especially true if you suffered injuries. You may think that you have grounds for a civil claim, but the first step is determining exactly what happened and who is liable for your pain and suffering.

Truck accidents can happen for many reasons, and it is not always easy to determine what causes these types of crashes. An investigation into certain aspects, such as drivers' logs and even skid marks on the road, can help identify a cause. Some of the most common reasons include: 

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inexperienced driver
  • Intoxication from drugs or alcohol
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Defects in the truck or safety violations
  • Driver fatigue

These are only a few examples of the many reasons why truck accidents happen in Mississippi. Sadly, many of these tragic accidents happen because of preventable factors. Truckers may make bad decisions behind the wheel, or trucking companies may disregard safety standards or encourage risky behavior. Regardless, it is possible to determine who is to blame and help you move forward with the appropriate course of action.

Picking up the pieces 

You do not have to navigate the aftermath of your trucking accident alone. It can be helpful to speak with an attorney who knows the law and can help you fight for what you need for a full and fair recovery. If you are struggling with what to do next or wonder if you have a case, an assessment of your accident can help you understand what legal options are available to you.

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