We have all seen the American love affair with Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and pickup trucks over the last decade. Sales for these vehicles have soared, and safety experts are concerned. The driver of a car is much more likely to be seriously injured when in a wreck with a truck or SUV, than another car.
This is due to physics. SUVs and other light trucks, on average, weigh 1,000 pounds or more than today’s cars. Light trucks are taller, which allows trucks to roll over the frame of a car in an accident. Trucks and SUVs are far more likely to punch through the softer door of a car.
Trucks also tend to transfer, rather than absorb, energy during a crash due to the trucks heavier, stiffer frame. Car occupants are in much more danger than those riding in a truck during a car vs. truck accident. What should you do if you have been seriously injured in a car vs. truck accident? The following is a guide to help address some unique issues that come with these types of accidents.
Retain Your Legal Rights
If you are injured in a light truck or SUV accident that was not your fault, by law, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party, or the insurance company. An experienced attorney will be able to help determine liability and can help prove who is at fault for your injuries. It is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. An accident victim only has a limited amount of time to file a claim for his or her injuries. At the Law Center for Car Accident Injuries, we provide a free initial consultation to discuss your legal rights, and how to proceed with your case.
Truck Accidents and Settlement Offers
Just like in car accidents, if you have been injured, it is imperative that you do not accept compensation before talking with an attorney. You do not want to take compensation that is less that what you are entitled to, or deserve. It is commonplace for insurers to try and have victims to waive his or her future rights by offering a lower, lump-sum. Your pain, lost wages, and medical bills may be worth far more than the initial settlements that an insurer may offer.
Don’t hesitate another day, call us today at: 1-800-426-6129 and we will make sure that you are receiving the right help, right now.–