Motor vehicle accidents occur across the country on a daily basis, and Columbus, Ohio is no exception. However, nothing compares to the magnitude of danger involved in an accident with a commercial truck. Because of the size and weight of a truck, it is usually very difficult for truck drivers to stop in time to prevent an accident. This is because they are heavier, which makes them harder to maneuver and equally as difficult to stop on short notice. While the truck may sustain some damage in these accidents, it’s the passenger vehicle that will more than likely suffer the brunt of all the damages.
Jackknife collisions and underride accidents are two vehicle accidents that are unique only to trucks. These two types of accidents, in particular, are very dangerous for the passenger vehicle involved. In Jackknife accidents, the front of the truck swings toward its rear potentially slamming into the passenger vehicles around it. This type of accident could also trigger multiple accidents on the highway causing a wreck in multiple lanes.
Underride truck accidents occur when a passenger vehicle slides under the undercarriage of the truck. This is usually the result of a sudden stop. In these types of accidents, the passenger vehicle may be badly damaged or partially crushed due to the weight of the truck.
Both of these accidents can result in your vehicle being totaled as well as potentially life-altering injuries. Passengers involved in such accidents may suffer from one or more of the following injuries:
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Loss of extremities
- Internal organ injuries
- Broken Bones
Passengers with the injuries listed above may also lose weeks or sometimes months-worth of wages depending on the recovery time required. This is in addition to the financial burden they may be under because of hospital bills. Fortunately, a Columbus truck accident lawyer may be able to help.
An experienced and compassionate attorney will put your interests first. As you focus on your recovery, an attorney can communicate with the insurance representatives from both parties to get you the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills as well as the wages you may have lost. Before you speak with anyone else, make sure you consult with a truck accident first. The Ohio Accident Attorneys can connect you with a lawyer in your area. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.