Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents
No car accident is the same, all of them, in general, have different causes and consequences. However, a collision with a commercial truck is definitely very different from a collision with another car.
First of all, a commercial truck weighs from 20 to 30 times more than a car. Therefore, the consequences can be devastating, both for the vehicle and for the people who travel in it.
It is important to hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in these types of accidents, as the complexities of the case will require all of their knowledge and experience in the area.
Differences between an accident with a car and an accident with a commercial truck.
Here are some of the main differences that must be considered in this type of accidents.
• Devastating consequences. As we mentioned before, one of the main differences is the seriousness of the injuries that the victims can suffer. A commercial truck carrying a full load can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, compared to the 3,000 pounds that a car weighs. To this, we must add the speed of both vehicles, and that there is no car that can support this enormous weight. Injuries can be severe and significant and could be permanent or temporary. An accident with a commercial truck can also cause a lot of fatalities.
• Determining responsibility for the accident can be more complex. An accident with a commercial truck has more parties involved. From the truck driver, the trucking company, the crew loading the truck, and sometimes truck maintenance contractors, so multiple insurance companies may also be involved. An attorney should conduct an investigation to determine the causes of the accident, and therefore the responsible party or parties.
• Determine what caused the accident. Again, since there could be many parties involved, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible and conduct an investigation. Commercial trucks must comply with federal and state laws that regulate the amount of cargo that they must carry, frequency of unit maintenance, driver training, among other things. The liability for the accident could be found in different parts of the process.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, contact us immediately. We will help you analyse your situation and help you obtain the compensation and justice that you deserve. Call us today!