In our last post we discussed the role of workers’ compensation benefits in a truck accident. While atruck accident can result in a workers’ comp claim for a trucker or other commercial driver, these accidents are best avoided due to their serious nature.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has conducted a study to determine when truck accidents are most likely to occur. This study showed the most common time for fatal crashes involving trucks is between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
Truck accidents are also most common in clear, dry weather, since these conditions encourage motorists to speed and pass trucks. Truck drivers between the ages of 28 and 43 years of age are the most likely to be involved in an accident.
Motorists driving next to trucks should be aware of a truck’s blind spots. A truck driver can’t see you if you can’t see the driver’s side mirrors. When passing a truck, wait until you can see the entire front of the truck before returning to the driving lane. Avoid the area between the truck and the shoulder when the truck is signaling a turn.
Compensation for truck accident victims
Victims of a truck accident often believe they can get fair compensation from a trucking company. Truck companies and their insurance agencies, however, have a financial interest in minimizing their liability. A personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accidents will be able to aggressively protect your interests.