Don’t get wrecked by these trucker myths

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Imagine cruising down the highway when a behemoth 18-wheeler swerves into your lane. The potential for devastation in a truck accident is undeniable. But what happens after the dust settles? Unfortunately, a cloud of misinformation can surround these crashes.

Knowing the truth about common trucker myths can make all the difference in protecting your rights and getting the compensation you deserve. So, buckle up and let’s debunk some of the biggest myths on the Mississippi roadways:

Myth #1: All truck accidents are caused by driver error

While driver fatigue, distraction and speeding are certainly dangers, accidents can also stem from:

  • Improperly loaded cargo: An unbalanced or unsecured load can cause a truck to roll over or lose control.
  • Mechanical failure: Faulty brakes, tires, or steering systems can lead to catastrophic accidents.
  • Negligent maintenance: Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to maintain their vehicles, and failure to do so can have deadly consequences.

Knowing the cause of the accident can be essential when seeking compensation for your injuries.

Myth #2: Trucking companies always take care of their drivers

While reputable companies prioritize safety, some prioritize profit. This can lead to:

  • Pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines: Drivers may feel pressure from their company to drive for extended periods without breaks, which can increase fatigue.
  • Cutting corners on maintenance: Essential repairs may be delayed to save costs, putting everyone at risk.
  • Inadequate driver training: New drivers may need more preparation for the demands of handling massive trucks on busy roads.

When drivers do not have the support they need, it can create dangerous situations for you and others on the road.

Myth #3: Truck accidents are “Just part of sharing the road”

Trucking accidents are often far more severe than car accidents due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. The injuries can be life-altering, and the financial burden can be overwhelming.

Myth #4: You don’t need a lawyer for a minor trucking accident

Even seemingly minor accidents can result in hidden injuries. A lawyer can:

  • Investigate the cause of the accident: Uncover crucial evidence that an insurance company may overlook.
  • Negotiate for fair compensation: Insurance companies are notorious for offering lowball settlements. A lawyer can fight for the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Handle complexities of trucking law: Trucking accidents often involve multiple parties and federal regulations. A lawyer experienced in Mississippi trucking law can navigate the legal landscape effectively.

Truck accidents can be terrifying and leave you feeling helpless. Don’t be a victim of myths and misinformation. Understanding the truth and your rights allows you to take control and seek the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured as a result of a trucking accident you should consult with an experienced attorney who handles these specific types of cases.