Truck accidents may be different than car accidents in several ways, including:
- Trucks generally weigh far more than cars, per the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Trucks may have greater difficulty braking or swerving to avoid a high-impact collision due to their weight and size
- The potential for damage, both in terms of human health and property, may be greater during a truck accident than a car accident
- The nature of commercial trucking could make truck drivers susceptible to drowsiness, substance use, or other possible types of motorist negligence
- More parties may be responsible for a truck accident than may be at-fault for a car accident
One fact may remain the same regardless of the type of accident you or a loved one were involved in—if somebody acted negligently and you suffered as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Trucks Have a High Capacity to Inflict Harm
Popular Mechanics explains that the weight limit for a fully-loaded commercial truck is 80,000 pounds—conversely, per the U.S. Department of Energy, cars may weigh less than 6,000 pounds.
This weight difference is important when considering how a truck accident and car accident, or an accident involving a truck and a car, could play out. An accident involving a truck may:
- Result in the death of one or more people, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides statistics on the increasing trend in fatal truck accidents
- Cause serious injury
- Result in significant property damage
While the same outcomes could occur from an accident involving only cars, it may be logical to assume that the risk of serious injury or death is higher when a collision involves a significantly heavier, larger vehicle such as a truck.
In addition to differences in crash dynamics, the realities of the commercial trucking industry may present unique hazards that may result in an accident. Some concerns that may pertain to truck drivers include:
- The chance that a truck driver is under the influence of drugs at the time of an accident, as Reuters states that drug use among commercial truck drivers is a noteworthy issue
- The possibility that a driver will be fatigued, and possibly more error-prone, because of long hours spent driving
- The possibility that a truck, which may accumulate significant wear and tear on a consistent basis, may have one or more equipment failures causing an accident
These factors could be relevant in your quest for compensation if you or a loved one were injured or killed as the result of a truck accident.
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A lawyer may be able to differentiate how your Orlando truck accident was different, and possibly more serious, than a car accident, and how the risks of colliding with a truck may have a bearing on any compensation to which you could be entitled.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for more information about how a lawyer may help you seek any compensation to which you may be entitled.