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How one truck crash can cause 3 different types of accidents

Commercial transportation is crucial to the U.S. economy, and there are millions of commercial trucks currently in operation. We see these vehicles on Georgia roads and highways every day. Most of the time, sharing the road with them is uneventful; everyone gets where they need to be safely and on time. Unfortunately, trucking accidents can and do happen.

Whenever a commercial truck is involved in a crash, there is the potential for catastrophic damage to property and people. In fact, three different types of accidents can happen as a result of one collision when a truck is involved.

  1. Direct injuries: These are injuries suffered by the people who are involved in the actual crash with a truck. These are the people crushed underneath rolled over trucks, rear-ended by a distracted trucker or sideswiped by a truck swerving out of its lane. These are often the most severe type of injuries.
  2. Secondary accidents: Roads may close and traffic often comes to a halt at and around the scene of a massive truck accident. People also slow down to look at a crash when there is a massive vehicle involved. These conditions make it quite easy for other drivers to get into other accidents.
  3. Cargo spill injuries: Cargo spills can cause serious hazards. Oftentimes, trucks are hauling dangerous or heavy products, animals or liquids that can make for some serious obstacles on the road when spilled. If cargo is hazardous or toxic, it can also threaten the health and well-being of others if it is ingested or gets into water or soil supplies.

In any of these situations, it can be crucial for victims to examine their eligibility for compensation, as they could suffer massive economic and non-economic damages. Depending on the details of the accident and the liability of the parties involved, victims could be in a position to receive compensation for medical bills, damage to their vehicles, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.

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