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What’s the Difference Between Truck Accidents & Car Accidents?

January 5, 2019

All accidents can result in serious injuries, however the damage and injuries sustained in truck accidents are usually much more severe than injuries suffered in car accidents. These differences can have a major impact on your accident claim.

When you are in a car accident with another passenger vehicle, you usually file your accident claim against the other driver. When you are involved in a truck accident, more than one party can often be found negligent, which means you might be able to file a claim against the truck driver, trucking company, and truck manufacturer.

Filing a claim against a truck company or manufacturer can be a complex and difficult process. This is because trucking companies and manufacturers have their own team of attorneys who will do everything they can to limit or deny your claim. Because the average person does not have access to the same legal resources as corporate attorneys, many car accident claimants are at a huge disadvantage when they pursue compensation from a truck company or manufacturer.

Here are some of the other major differences between truck accidents and car accidents:

  • Damage: The massive size of commercial trucks means that these vehicles are capable of causing significantly more damage in a collision than smaller passenger vehicles. Truck accidents also have a higher risk of causing fatal injuries. Brain damage, back injuries, and other catastrophic injuries are commonly sustained in commercial truck accidents.
  • Causes: When you file your accident claim, you will need to establish which driver was negligent and caused the wreck. Everyday collisions are usually caused by drivers who are speeding or distracted by a text message. However, truck accidents can be caused by various factors that have absolutely nothing to do with the driver. From workers failing to properly secure cargo to faulty or defective parts, truck accidents require in depth investigation in order to determine the cause.
  • Liability: Determining liability is the biggest difference between car and truck accident claims. As we discussed in the beginning of this blog, most truck accident claims can be filed against multiple parties. Truck accident claims can be filed against the truck driver, management, maintenance crews, and parent company. All of these parties are responsible for enforcing or maintaining safety standards under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws.

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