Some truck drivers carelessly make lane changes. This can create a horrifying situation for drivers they are sharing the road with because if a car is there, the truck can be unable to get out of the way in time. Many of these accidents are fatal. If you were fortunate enough to walk away from a truck accident involving a truck performing an improper lane change, you should speak with a truck accident attorney about how you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Unsafe Commercial Vehicles
Making an unsafe lane change is a terrible idea even for small commercial vehicles. However, when a large truck that weighs thousands of pounds makes an unsafe lane change, this can lead to substantially more damage. Because of the risk involved, you should try to maintain distance from commercial vehicles and always assume that they will make an unsafe lane change.
Unfortunately, you can easily be caught off guard. You may think it won't take long to pass the commercial truck but the driver suddenly makes a lane change right into your vehicle. If you press on the brakes to attempt to stop, another car may rear-end you. If the commercial vehicle strikes you, the driver will be at fault for the accident and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Commercial trucks have larger blind spots than other vehicles. Therefore, the driver is more likely to not see you. If you notice that the driver is changing lanes, slow down so you can avoid the collision. However, if the collision does occur, pull over to the side of the road if you are able to and contact the authorities.
The police will write a report of everything they have observed and this report can later be used when your truck accident attorney helps you file a claim against the commercial truck driver. However, filing a claim isn't easy because the commercial insurance provider may do everything possible to deny your claim.
Commercial Insurance Claims
When you file a claim, you never know whether you'll have a battle on your hand or not. Some insurance claim processes are very straightforward while other claims involve an insurance provider who may which to do everything possible to deny your claim. Therefore, you'll need help from a truck accident attorney to ensure that you have all the documents you need to make your truck accident claim indisputable.
For more information, reach out to a truck accident attorney.