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Drive Safely Around Big Rigs

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If you have spent time examining car-truck traffic accident statistics (victims who have been involved in a truck-big rig crash certainly have) you will note that there are over 500,000 truck collisions every year in the US, causing roughly 5,000 fatalities. We know that even one death is unacceptable, but the important question is how do we improve these statistics and make our highways and byways safer?

Most truck accidents happen on weekends and in rural areas of the US; they are, typically, caused by a laundry list of reasons. The common reasons cited in most accident reports are:

  1. 1. Driver fatigue, falling asleep at the wheel.
  2. 2. Driving under the influence of liquor or drugs
  3. 3. Failing to obey the rules of the road
  4. 4. Failing to load and/or secure a load properly
  5. 5. Lack of appropriate training
  6. 6. Reckless driving
  7. 7. Equipment failure

Certainly, there are additional reasons for big rig crashes. Remember that the smaller vehicle tends to get the worst of these accidents, thus, it is important for you to proceed with caution when driving near big rigs or semi-trucks. People tend to refer to an accident with any kind of truck as a "truck accident"; note that there are many different kind of trucks and this is the important rule to consider: the bigger the truck, the harder they hit and the more damage they cause.

There are mini trucks, light trucks (minivans, pickups, tow trucks), medium trucks (flatbeds, fire trucks, motor homes), heavy trucks (dump and garbage trucks, tractor trailers) and very heavy trucks (heavy haulers). You have to understand that even being hit by a smaller version of the larger behemoth will cause a lot of damage, as the truck’s weight and speed will tell the courts the severity of the impact and the likely injuries a victim will sustain.

If you have sustained severe injuries in a truck crash you should consult an attorney who specializes in handling these types of cases. Lawsuit Financial has relationships with attorneys all over the country and we can refer you to the appropriate specialist for your case. Once you retain an attorney and decide to pursue litigation, Lawsuit Financial can also assist you with professional and compassionate lawsuit funding. This is a financial service that will provide you with financial assistance in advance of an expected settlement or verdict in your case. The intent is to assist you while the insurance company deliberately engages in tactics that delay the proceedings. Insurance companies do this to make you so financially desperate that when they finally make an offer, even if it is chump change, you will be inclined to accept it because you need cash now. Legal finance services give you the cash you need now, remove the financial pressure to settle too early for too little compensation, and allow you to continue on in the litigation and get the compensation you deserve. And, it is easy to apply for pre-settlement funding either online or by phone.

Mark Bello has thirty-three years experience as a trial lawyer and twelve years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Business Associate of the Florida, Tennessee, and Colorado Associations for Justice, a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.