The passenger and driver of a small Honda SUV can consider themselves pretty lucky after they were hit by a tractor-trailer on Route 16 in Hamiltonban Township and only suffered minor injuries. The Honda stopped to make a right-hand turn when the large tractor trailer braked, slid, hit the back of the Honda and jack-knifed across the road. The accident caused a stretch of Route 16 to be closed for almost 8 hours. The police reported that the driver and passenger of the Honda, and the driver of the truck, all suffered minor injuries.
Minor injuries in truck accidents with smaller vehicles are rare. This is due to the sheer size of tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers compared to a car or SUV. When a large truck is travelling down the freeway at a high speed and it collides with a smaller vehicle, the result is often devastating to the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle.
Recovering After a Truck Accident
When someone has been injured in a truck accident, the first and most important thing for them to do is seek medical attention to determine the extent and severity of the injuries. Those who have been injured in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation for losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and long-term care.
It is also important for them to speak to an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Truck accident cases are complex because they involve trucking companies who have large insurance policies. After a truck accident, the truck company’s insurance representative is often one of the first people at the scene to assess the situation and begin mitigating the truck driver’s liability. Having an attorney involved early on helps preserve evidence and protect the rights of those injured.
Source: TheRecordHearld.com, “Tractor-trailer accident closes Route 16 for 8 hours,” July 11, 2012.