When two passenger vehicles are involved in a crash, there's always the chance that both parties will walk away uninjured. Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case when a truck, such as an 18-wheeler, collides with a smaller vehicle.
The size and power of a truck can lead to serious trouble in the event of a crash with a passenger vehicle. In addition to injuries, this type of accident has the potential to lead to multiple fatalities.
If you find yourself involved in a truck accident, here are three key steps to take:
-- Move your vehicle to safety in an attempt to avoid additional trouble.
-- Immediately contact the police as well as an ambulance.
-- Receive treatment for your injuries.
As you can imagine, you may not be able to take some of these steps. For example, if you're seriously injured, moving your car to the side of the road will be impossible. Furthermore, you're better off staying put and waiting for help to arrive.
At our law firm, we know that the highways of Mississippi can be a dangerous place. We also know that being involved in a truck accident can turn your life upside down.
While your health always comes first, as you begin to recover you should think about one other thing: learning more about the cause of the accident. You may soon find that the trucker was acting in a negligent manner at the time of the crash. For example, he or she may have been on the road for too many consecutive hours.
If trucker negligence caused the accident, you may be in position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.