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Travel on the interstate anywhere within your town or to another, and you will see semi-trucks or tractor-trailers out on the roads. Semi truck drivers even take back roads now in efforts of avoiding traffic jams on the interstate, or when on their way to pick up or drop off a load. It’s no wonder that according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration there were 4,440 tractor-trailer crashes in the U.S. in 2016. As more drivers enter the roads each year, that number is likely to increase, leaving you or your loved one at risk of becoming a statistic.
Being involved in a tractor-trailer accident can leave you injured, disabled, and out of work. How will you pick up the pieces and move on with your life? One way is to seek the consult of an experienced personal injury attorney in the Tri-Cities such as the Law Offices of Michael. R. Munsey, P.C. Our experts want you to know how to get on with your life after being hit by a semi-truck.
One of the most important steps you can take if you or a loved one becomes injured due to the negligence of a semi truck driver is to report the accident to authorities and your insurance company and receive a medical evaluation for any injuries or potential injuries that could lead to a disability. The purpose of this isn’t to try and find a way to sue the trucking company, but to have documentation should a disability, or long-term injury arise later on.
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment of an accident, adrenaline is rushing, and unless you have obvious injuries, you may not feel any pain until hours or days later. And, the chances are that if you are involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you’re going to have some sort of injury that requires medical attention. After all, tractor-trailers weigh about 80,000 pounds, opposed to a car that weighs 4,000 pounds. Add in force and speed, and it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out the conclusion of this problem.
If, however, your physician has declared that you have an injury that either temporarily or permanently disables you, rendering you unfit to return to your job or one of similar nature, you may qualify for compensation. Hearing the words “disabled” may leave you feeling angry, anxious, or worrisome as you try to think of ways to pay your bills or take care of your family if you have one. It may seem like you are out of options, but you aren’t. Life can still go on even though it might look different than what you had planned.
Seeking compensation for your injuries can give you peace of mind knowing that you can pay your bills, keep a roof of your head, or put food on the table for you and your family. Also, compensation of this nature can be used to pay for your medical bills, physical therapy, and medications. Even if you currently have health insurance through your employer, you still may be left with as substantial amount of out of pocket expenses that could be covered by compensation you deserve for your injuries. While compensation won’t reverse your disability, it helps make life less stressful knowing that you and your family are taken care of.
Whether you have recently become injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or it occurred in the not so distant past, you may be eligible for compensation or disability benefits. Please contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., by calling (276) 451-2056.
Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, PC, are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.