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How to Avoid Truck Accidents

As an automobile driver in West Virginia, sharing the highways and byways with trucks is something we all do every day. But cars and trucks are built differently. There are different acceleration speeds, braking systems and distances, fields of vision, blind spots, and vehicle weights. These all add up to different driving experiences for car drivers and truck drivers.

Studies have shown that half of all truck-involved accidents are caused by passenger vehicle drivers. And because semi-trucks are larger and heavier than cars, these accidents can be a lot more dangerous and deadly than typical car accidents, causing extensive car and property damage.

If you’re a West Virginia driver, then you should look at the following ways at how you can stay safe on the highways.

  1. Stay out of a truck’s blind spots. Due to the higher center of gravity that a truck driver has, he will have larger blind spots than an automobile. When passing a truck, you should do it on the truck driver’s side because his passenger’s (right-hand) side is the worst blind spot. Other blind spots include being behind a truck and driving in an adjacent lane behind the truck cab’s doors. How you can check to see if you’re in the blind spot is if you can see the truck driver in his mirrors. If he can’t be seen, then you’re in his blind spot.
  2. Keep a safe following distance. Remember that following behind a truck is a blind spot, so do not tailgate. Due to their size and weight, 16-wheelers have longer stopping distances than cars, so give the truck ahead plenty of room (two times the room you would give a passenger car) so that the driver can stop if there are poor or hazardous road conditions. If a truck has to suddenly stop, you may not notice until it’s too late, causing a disastrous accident.
  3. If you’re driving in front of a truck, do not abruptly slow down or hit the brakes. Again, this has to do with the longer braking distance that a truck has. A truck needs enough time to slow down. If you do need to brake, make sure that the truck is not close behind you because it will most likely cause a rear-end collision instead of choose to veer into the next lane causing further damage.
  4. Anticipate wide turns from trucks. Trucks have to take up a lot of space to make any turns. If a truck is turning a certain direction, then a driver should pass on that side. Also tailgating or following too closely can cause an accident during a turn due to being in a truck’s blind spot.
  5. Let the truck change into your lane or pass. Move over when you see a truck coming up behind you. For lane changes, you can slow down slightly and then flash your high-beam lights twice to let the driver know that it’s OK to pass.
  6. If you get into an accident, make sure your vehicle is on the shoulder.This is important not only for other oncoming cars but for trucks as well. An accident can occur with a stopped car and a truck driver who momentarily got distracted or indisposed. Make sure your car is as far over as possible to decrease the chance of an accident.
  7. Use common sense.These 16-wheelers are larger than you, so you should give them the right of way. Do not try to gun for position with a truck because that is a losing battle.

Have you or a loved one been injured while in a truck accident? You should reach out to an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney from our firm for exceptional handling of your case. The compassionate and skilled truck accident attorneys at Bailey Javins & Carter understand the challenges you’re facing. We have more than 40 years of experience getting compensation for victims of West Virginia truck accidents. We know how to handle insurance companies and to fight for the compensations and damages that you deserve. Contact our office at (304) 345-0346.

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The Economic Impact of Severe Injuries Suffered in a Car Accident in West Virginia

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, and you were not at fault, then you know how disruptive it can be. Depending on the severity of the accident, you could be facing a lot of challenges: a car that needs to be repaired or was totaled, a mountain of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other kinds of losses. It can be overwhelming to face all those things by yourself, wondering how you’ll be able to overcome your losses and injuries.

You may think that your car insurance will cover everything, but then the reality slowly starts to sink in—that your insurance company most likely is not going to cover all the costs of your losses and damages. When you face those challenges and roadblocks, that’s the time to talk to a car accident attorney, who can help you to assess all your out-of-pocket expenses, and then work to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents in in Charleston, WV

Sometimes, your automobile accident only causes some minor scrapes, and recovery time is very short, or none at all. Unfortunately, it’s far too often that a car wreck causes significant injuries that have a long-lasting impact—even permanently. Some of the kinds of injuries you can sustain in a car accident are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Burn injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Amputations
  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Psychological damage
  • Broken bones

Most all of these injuries will likely require some sort of medical treatment, such as treatment for broken bones. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery can even mean changing one’s lifestyle permanently (e.g., an amputation or a spinal cord injury). When you’re facing such daunting changes, it helps to have an attorney who specializes in car accidents to help pursue compensation to cover current and future medical costs.

The Cost of a Car Accident in West Virginia

So how much does a car accident cost overall? It really depends on several factors including:

  • The severity of the crash
  • Sustained car and property damages
  • Car and property value
  • Location of the accident
  • The number of injured parties
  • The severity of injuries sustained

Even though cars have become safer over the years, which means the severity of injuries are decreasing, the costs of injuries are increasing. In 2013, according to ISO, an analytics company, the national average claims for bodily claims was over $15,000, while property damage claims were over $3,000.

For more serious injuries, calculating the costs can be a more complex situation. For example, TBI can become a permanent condition, where the accident victim does not fully recover. If he or she was working before the accident and will now never return to work, one has to calculate what future earnings were lost. Additionally, a car accident victim who sustains a TBI will require some medical care, such as medical exams, for the rest of his or her life. So those additional medical costs have to be calculated.

Finally, there is pain and suffering as well as the psychological toll an accident can add to a car wreck victim. For psychological injuries, it could lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These could all be short-term or long-term conditions and could severely impact the quality of life of an accident victim, costing you more.

Have you or a loved one been injured while in a car accident? You should reach out to an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney from our firm for exceptional handling of your case. The compassionate and skilled car accident attorneys at Bailey Javins & Carter understand the challenges you will be facing in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We have more than 40 years of experience getting compensation for victims of West Virginia car accidents. We know how to handle insurance companies and to fight for the compensations and damages that you deserve for a car wreck that was caused by a negligent driver. Contact our office at (304) 345-0346.