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Differences Between Car Accidents & Truck Accidents

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.

Different Causes

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.

Different 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.

Different Compensation

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 truck accident.