Car and truck accidents have several things in common. For starters, they
both happen on the road, and both carry a substantial chance of sustaining
serious injuries. Likewise, being involved in either a car or truck accident
means you have rights that you may need help protecting, so you should
contact an attorney. However, beyond that, there are several key differences
which set these two different types of auto accident cases apart. Let’s
take a closer look at some of these differences and discuss how they will
influence how to approach your case.
Car and truck accidents may have some similar factors that play into an
accident occurring, such as excessive speed or driver fatigue, but there
are some distinct differences as well. Whereas a car accident usually
occurs as a result of driver negligence, a truck accident may also implicate
the trucking company as well. Trucking companies are responsible for the
working condition of their vehicles, the training and condition of their
drivers, and much more.
Trucks are far more prone to equipment failure due to their immense size
and weight, which means trucks need to undergo regular inspections far
more frequently than your regular car would. If any equipment were to
fail, and it can be shown that the equipment failure was due to a lack
of attention to maintenance, you could potentially hold the trucking company
liable for the accident and your injuries.
As stated previously, semi-trucks are truly massive behemoths of the road.
It’s not uncommon for a semi-truck to weigh more than 80,000 lbs.,
or more than 20 times more than the average passenger car. This means
it’s not uncommon for those who are involved in commercial trucking
accidents to sustain serious injuries far greater than those of just a
normal car accident.
The good news is that this much greater chance of injury is well-known,
and as a result trucking companies are required to carry much larger liability
insurance policies to protect themselves. This means you’re much
more likely to receive compensation for your injuries if you’re
hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler,
delivery van, or construction vehicle.
Because the losses and damages someone suffers in a truck accident can
be so much more substantial than those suffered in a normal car accident,
the compensation is also considerably different. An auto accident case
is designed to help a victim get back to how they were before their accident,
both physically and financially, which means the more damages you sustain,
the more you should be eligible to receive.
However, despite the fact that these truck accident cases cause thousands
of injuries every year, it’s not uncommon for these cases to be
difficult to win. Trucking insurance companies often work quickly to gather
as much evidence in their favor as possible and reduce the amount they
are likely to pay to as low a sum as they can by offering quick and inexpensive
settlements. Before accepting any of these preliminary settlement offers,
it’s strongly advised you contact a skilled Midland auto accident attorney.
Call Dean Law Firm today at (432) 214-8125 to request a
free case evaluation and get legal representation if you’ve been involved in a car or