Truck Accidents On August 19, Gloria was driving along I-15 near Fillmore, Utah where the roadside had been charred by the Milford Flat fire just a few weeks before. High winds combined with smoke and dust from the fire resulted in dangerous driving conditions. With limited visibility, Gloria was forced to gradually slow her vehicle while traveling southbound on I-15. As she came to a stop in traffic, a semi-truck slammed into the back of her vehicle. Despite near zero visibility from the smoke and ash, this careless semi-truck driver failed to slow down, causing his 40,000 pound semi-truck to plow right into the back of Gloria’s car, leaving her in serious condition. A bystander quickly created a makeshift tourniquet with his belt and applied pressure to the wound until an ambulance arrived. She was transported to Fillmore Hospital, but her injuries necessitated a life-flight transport to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where she remained as an in-patient for three days. Gloria had worked hard her whole life to maintain a good credit score, but now she wasn’t sure how she could pay her bills and protect her good credit. She had never dealt with an insurance claim before and had several questions. Ultimately, Gloria met with Christensen & Hymas and—after becoming a client and working closely together—was able to receive a significant settlement without going to trial. Now she has become a great friend and is part of our law firm’s family of satisfied clients. Like Gloria, you may also be in a challenging and confusing situation. The information below focuses on helping individuals who have been involved in trucking accidents receive answers to some of those questions. Our hope is that you will obtain the compensation you need in order to pay medical bills and recover lost wages, so that you can focus on healing. What to Do if You Are Hit by a Truck The first priority after an accident is to ensure your safety and health by seeking the medical attention that you need. However, there is also information that can only be collected in the moments after the accident, such as the contact information of those involved in the accident and witnesses. Many of these details are important since they can be a defense against insurance adjusters who might minimize or avoid the compensation that you deserve. Knowing beforehand the best ways to document a trucking accident (or any accident for that matter) can save you time, headache, and confusion in the long run. Read the article above to learn 10 things that you should know to do after an accident. Trucking Laws Both federal and state laws are important for the claim of a trucking accident since trucking log records, employee hours, qualifications, and truck maintenance must all conform to federal regulations. For example, drivers are only legally required to maintain driving logs for 6 months, after which they are most often destroyed. Unless a case is dealt with relatively quickly, the logs recording important information to a claim could be destroyed. In addition, Utah has state laws that apply to specifically to truckers. To learn more about these laws, read our “Trucking Laws” article by clicking the link above. Trucking Accident FAQs Many do not know the differences between the safety standards, insurance coverage, and legal obligations of a commercial trucking company and a normal automobile driver. Beyond that, navigating insurance claims brings up even more questions for one to ask. Our FAQ article answers 10 of these common questions about trucking accidents and can be accessed through the link above. Trucking Accident Statistics The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal program that has conducted research to help isolate causes for trucking accidents. In this research they have four main causes; including non-performance, recognition, decision, and performance. In addition, the FMCSA and Utah Public Highway Safety provide statistics for how many accidents, deaths, and injuries were caused by trucking accidents within Utah as well as within the nation as a whole. To view these statistics and our easy-to-read infographic of the data, click the link above. Contact Us “I’m so glad I called Christensen & Hymas after my accident, I don’t know what I would have done without them!” —Gloria “They don’t fit any of the stereotypes I had about personal injury lawyers.” —Gloria We are here to help. If you have any questions about our services, feel welcome to continue browsing our pages, order one of our free accident books, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation. We aim to provide you with personal, compassionate service as the experienced attorneys at Christensen and Hymas fight for your rightful compensation. Image courtesy of Ryanlerch on Openclipart.