Obviously drivers want to avoid accidents of any type, since even the mildest of fender benders can still put a damper on your day and may lead to multiple phone calls with insurance companies. However, while no accident is desirable, if there is one type of accident you definitely want to avoid, it is a truck accident. Truck accidents come with all the annoyances and issues of other accidents, but because of the size of the large 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers involved, it is very likely that you and your car will suffer severe damages.
Recently in Kentucky, a collision involving a tractor-trailer and another car left both individuals in the car hospitalized. The driver of the car was airlifted in critical condition to a medical center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the passenger in the car was also airlifted to a different hospital. Meanwhile, the truck driver was released from a hospital with only minor injuries.
The accident is still being investigated, so it is impossible to know for sure who was at fault in the circumstances leading up to the accident. Still, regardless of who was at fault, the fact is that the people in the car both had to be airlifted to hospitals because the dangers of crashing into a truck are so serious. Even if you are obeying all the rules of the road, it only takes one negligent truck driver to turn your life upside down.
If you are injured in a truck accident, it is highly recommended that you meet with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case. Truck drivers are held to a very high standard of care on the road, which is why they must be specially licensed to drive their vehicles. If they are found to be negligent, you could be entitled to significant monetary compensation.
Source: WTVQ-DT, "Driver critically injured in wreck that closed US 25E in Knox County," May 5, 2015