There are many aspects that make truck accidents quite different from accidents between two cars. One of the most important differences is the weight and size of a commercial truck or big rig when compared to a typical passenger car. An 18-wheeler truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. This is many times the weight of the average car, which weighs in at about 5,000 lbs.
Trucks also take much longer to stop and are harder to maneuver than a passenger car. When a large and heavy truck is involved in a collision with a car, it is safe to assume that the car driver and occupants will most likely suffer greater consequences. Accidents with commercial trucks can cause devastating injuries as well as substantial financial losses.
Other ways in which truck accidents are different than car accidents include:
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Trucking companies and drivers are governed by unique state and federal regulations and laws, including those from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This can make accident claims complicated. However, they can also present accident victims with opportunities for recovering compensation.
Some of the unique regulations deal with hours of service and rest period requirements, drug and alcohol testing, and maintenance. If a driver and/or a company involved in an accident failed to adhere to a state or federal law, the victim might have a strong claim of negligence.
Due to various regulations on a state and federal level, trucking companies need to have much greater amounts of insurance coverage than car drivers, especially if they are transporting hazardous cargo. Since there is a lot at stake for insurance companies, they will likely fight any claims tooth and nail to protect their assets. However, the high coverage also means that there are potentially more funds available to compensate victims.
Truck accidents are different than car accidents when it comes to establishing negligence and liable parties. In an accident involving two cars, the at-fault party is typically obvious. In truck accidents, however, there could be a number of at-fault parties, including the driver, trucking company, maintenance garage, truck manufacturer, and others. Finding out who is at fault typically requires a great deal of research and technical expertise.
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Truck Accident Lawyers
Since truck accidents can be tricky to prove, and a victim may be up against several liable parties, hiring a truck accident lawyer can be extremely helpful. A truck accident lawyer will be familiar with the regulations and laws that apply to trucking companies and can stand up to powerful companies and their legal counsel.
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Getting into an accident with a big rig can be physically and emotionally devastating. However, you could have legal recourse and recover compensation that can help with your recovery and help to offset any financial losses you incurred in the accident.
We understand the issues you may be facing and can stand up for your rights. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine now for a free consultation with a team member at 1-800-747-3733.