There are several factors that make truck and car accidents extremely different. But the two key differences are:
- The scope of the damage, and
- The number of individuals potentially at fault.
For example, when two or more cars get into an accident, only those vehicles, drivers, and passengers are involved and at risk for injury. But when an 18-wheel semi-truck and a car (or two) get into an accident, the accident area is wider, the number of injuries typically skyrocket, and now the truck’s employers, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies could be involved.
While it is vital to consult an accident attorney in the event of any vehicle accident involving injuries, it is much more important that you consult a truck accident attorney if you or a loved one are involved in an accident with a truck. Evidence disappears very quickly, especially in trucking crashes!
When it comes to the major differences between car and truck accidents, here are a few key things to keep in mind.
- Seriousness and volume of injuries
While the average car weighs a ton and a half, semi-trucks weigh nearly 100,000 pounds. A careening trailer inflicts greater and more serious injuries than cars.
That is not to say that car accidents are not dangerous. Many car accidents result in death or serious injury, but the potential for serious injury with a semi-truck accident are much higher.
For this reason, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard to minimize risk to themselves and other drivers on the road. If you are involved in either a car or truck accident, it is important that you address your injuries immediately.
Even if you feel okay immediately following your accident, but it is still important to go to a doctor to document that you are ok.
- Seriousness and scope of property damage
Even in accidents where injuries do or do not exist, truck accidents are far more likely to damage personal property nearby. Even structural damage to homes can result from vehicle accidents.
Naturally, the larger the vehicle, the greater the risk of damage to personal property in the area.
- Struggle with insurance companies
Because of the greater potential for catastrophic damage, commercial truck insurance companies fight harder to keep their driver from being at fault.
Many of these insurance companies are known to use manipulative tactics to find other drivers at fault and avoid compensating those that were injured by the semi-truck driver’s negligence.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, you should seek guidance from a truck accident attorney immediately so that you are not conned by shrewd claims adjusters.
- Responsible parties and liability
Typically, in a car accident only one of the drivers are at fault. But in a semi-truck accident, the driver, the truck parts manufacturers, the hiring company, and even regulating agencies could be at fault.
Commercial drivers and their employers are subject to rigorous local and federal regulations. Any breakdown in failure to comply with regulations could result in more parties involved in paying damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
For more information about how a Lake Work truck accident attorney can help you with your case, contact the Gonzalez Levenson at 800-800-6500 or visit our website.