In a collision between a big rig and a passenger car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle usually sustain the most severe injuries.
When an 18-wheeler suddenly left its lane and forced you off the highway, you suffered a traumatic brain injury. What caused this accident to happen?
Factors to consider
Poor road conditions could have caused the truck to veer out of its lane, but there are other possibilities to consider:
- Driver fatigue, a common cause of large truck accidents
- Overloaded cargo, which can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Reckless driving
- Equipment malfunction, such as brakes failing to work properly
- Poor visibility due to fog, rain or snow
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Most common injuries
The weight of an average big rig is roughly 230 times that of an SUV and the obvious reason for victims in smaller vehicles to suffer devastating injuries. In addition to serious head trauma, the most common injuries include spinal injuries, crushing or burn injuries, loss of limb, paralysis and permanent disability.
A look ahead
Statistics indicate that reckless driving and human error combine to cause 90% of all truck-related crashes. However, until the investigation is complete, and all evidence has been thoroughly examined, you may not know the exact cause of the crash that left you with brain damage. Keep in mind that truck accident cases are complex and multiple parties may share liability for your injuries. As the victim of a truck-car collision, you have the right to expect financial compensation to cover your current and future medical expenses and more.