How Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents?
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While any vehicle accident can be serious, truck accidents can be especially devastating due to their sheer size in relation to passenger cars. Tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while most passenger vehicles weigh below 4,000 pounds. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that truck accidents resulted in 287,000 property damage claims, 77,000 injuries and 4,321 deaths in a single year.
There are many more questions to untangle after the truck accident. Furthermore, truck accidents typically involve many more people, including truck drivers, trucking companies, truck owners, insurance companies, and other parties.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you deserve the very best legal representation in navigating this complex process. Trust Farah & Farah to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Here are a few of the key differences between car and truck accidents:
Trucks, whether big-rigs, 18-wheelers, buses, or semis, can cause catastrophic damage in an accident. An 80,000 tractor-trailer has the potential to crush a small passenger car. Given the size differential in truck accidents, the potential for grave injuries such as amputations, head and neck injuries, burns, fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and even death is high. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, you deserve a legal team that understands the severity of your case.
The chain of liability in a truck accident makes these types of accidents extremely complex. While the truck driver may bear some responsibility for the accident, many parties may share the blame. This can include the trucking company, its insurance companies, the owner of the truck (if different), truck and parts manufacturers, cargo loaders, and more. Our team of truck accident lawyers has the experience and resources to investigate every aspect of your accident so that the negligent parties are held accountable.
The insurance policies carried by trucking companies often run into millions of dollars. It is in the best interest of these companies and their insurance adjusters to fight your claim at every turn to protect their bottom lines. They may offer a lowball settlement that doesn’t come close to covering your pain and suffering. Never accept an initial offer or a claim denial without speaking to a skilled truck accident attorney first.
Truck drivers must have a commercial driver license (CDL) and be equipped to follow specific rules and regulations governed by the transportation industry and state and federal laws. Trucking companies also have to abide by safety standards and federal regulations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Act requires driver background checks, periodic evaluation of existing employees, regulating hours driven in a day, drug and alcohol testing, and other strict standards. Violations of these regulations can provide the basis for establishing liability on the part of the company, its driver, and other parties.
A truck accident can change your life in an instant. When you’re facing mounting medical bills, loss of wages, and potentially life-long injuries, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed.
Our compassionate and experienced truck accident attorneys are ready to be your partners through this challenging time. We know the differences between car and truck accidents and have a winning track record of helping truck accident victims.
The negligent parties may have powerful resources whose goal is to deny you compensation. Farah & Farah’s attorneys work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
Time is of the essence after a truck accident. We are here for you!
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