Top Six Differences Between Truck Accidents and Car Accidents

Top Six Differences Between Truck Accidents and Car Accidents

If you are involved in a wreck with a large truck or 18-wheeler, it’s important to understand that your truck accident case can be very different than a car accident case.  Accident fatalities are 50% more likely to occur in truck accidents.1 Due to multiple vehicles, extensive injuries and vehicle damage as well as the variety of parties involved, truck wrecks are often much more complicated than car wrecks.

Factors to Consider in a Truck Accident

  1. Size & Weight- Since 18-wheelers and semi trucks are much bigger and heaver than other vehicles, large truck crashes often result in more serious injuries and property damage.
  2. Injuries- Injuries sustained during a truck accident are more serious and can include traumatic brain injury, back and neck injuries, broken bones, internal bleeding, whiplash and in some cases, even death. These injuries usually require several years of medical treatment or a lifetime of medical care.
  3. Driver Log & Files- A driver’s training file, driving and resting record, vehicle inspection records and cell phone records may all be used as evidence. Inspecting these records could help in determining fault.
  4. Trucking Company- The trucking company can be held liable for damages if they are found negligent with driver hours, vehicle maintenance, keeping required paperwork or managing cargo.
  5. Truck Manufacturer- The truck manufacturer may also be held partially liable if vehicle malfunctions are found.
  6. Liability Insurance Coverage- Required insurance coverage is much higher for large vehicles;  minimum coverage for cars is $25,000, while  the minimum coverage for large trucks can range from $300,000 to $5,000,000.2

Contact An Attorney Immediately

Important documents and evidence concerning a driver’s logs and phone records are only preserved for a limited time, so injured parties should contact an attorney immediately.

Buzzell, Welsh & Hill Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

It is critical to have an experienced attorney representing you so you can get the compensation you deserve. A Buzzell, Welsh & Hill truck accident lawyer will review your case for free and won’t get paid until we collect for you.

For a free consultation, contact us today at (478) 217-2072 or click here to complete a contact form.

 

Sources:

1http://www.truckline.com/ATA%20Docs/News%20and%20Information/Reports%20Trends%20and%20Statistics/02%2012%2013%20–%20FINAL%202013%20Car-Truck%20Fault%20Paper.pdf

2http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/insurance-requirements

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