Truck accidents can be devastating and even more dangerous when flying debris is the cause. Debris can come from the truck itself or other vehicles on the roads in Virginia, and it can cause serious accidents and injuries. If you’re in a truck accident caused by flying debris, here’s what you need to know.
If you’re ever driving behind a truck, maintain a safe following distance to give you enough time to react if debris falls from the truck. It would help if you tried to avoid driving directly behind or beside a truck carrying an unsecured load.
Trucking companies and drivers have a responsibility to properly secure their loads and take other safety precautions to prevent truck accidents. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for accidents or injuries that result.
Documenting the accident
First, document the accident and the debris involved. Take pictures of the scene, including the debris and any damage to your vehicle. Try to get the truck’s license plate number that caused the debris or any other vehicles involved in the accident.
Seeking medical attention
Next, seek medical attention for any injuries sustained in the accident. Even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured, getting checked out by a doctor is essential. Some injuries may not show symptoms immediately but can still be serious and require medical attention.
Holding the responsible parties liable
If you can identify the truck that caused the debris, you may be able to hold the trucking company or driver responsible for the accident. Sometimes, the trucking company may be liable for failing to secure their load properly or for other violations.
It’s important to note that there are time limits for filing a personal injury claim after a truck accident. In Virginia, you generally have two years from the accident date to file a claim. If you wait, you may lose the right for compensation for your injuries and damages.
Staying safe on the road
Truck accidents caused by flying debris can be dangerous and devastating. It’s important to document what happened, seek medical attention, pursue and protect your rights, and work towards getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.