Despite what you may think, not all motor vehicle accidents are the same. When a person is injured in a commercial truck accident, they may mistakenly believe that the claims process will be identical to that of a car accident. However, there are some key differences between car accidents and commercial truck accidents that are important to understand.
Because they are usually hauling cargo interstate, commercial trucks are required to follow regulations set for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA). These regulations include requirements for truck maintenance, special driver’s licenses, registration and inspections, and logbooks. Violations of these regulations by either the driver or the trucking company responsible for the truck can be considered negligence. They could become the basis of claim if a violation of these regulations led to an accident that caused injury.
The most tragic difference between truck accidents and car accidents is the severity of the injuries. When a 40-ton truck goes up against a 3,000-pound car, the results can be life-altering. The dynamics of a trucking accident are different than a car accident. Trucks brake differently, turn differently, and behave in a different manner when responding to emergency situations on the road. In addition, factors such as unbalanced cargo loads, cargo spillage, and hazardous materials on a truck can exacerbate any resulting injuries. Injuries in a truck accident can range from serious whiplash to spinal cord injuries to traumatic brain injury and even death.
Who is at Fault?
Unlike in a car accident case, when there is a truck accident, there is a potential for a number of different entities being liable. This includes the truck driver, the owner of the truck, or the trucking company. This may also mean that there are multiple insurance policies involved. Truck accidents can involve complex investigations into determining the parties who may be liable. As a result, evidence must be preserved quickly.
Contact a Trusted Truck Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident or a car accident you may want a trusted attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been trusted for over 30 years to help accident victims. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.