How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents
Elliott M. Buckner—September 25, 2019
Being injured in any kind of motor vehicle accident, whether it be a car accident, truck accident or bus accident, has the potential to be traumatic and life-changing. However, due to the size and weight of trucks, it is more common for truck accidents to involve catastrophic injuries and more substantial damages. Collisions or accidents involving a truck more often involve devastating injuries and death in comparison to those involving cars and lighter vehicles. If you were injured in a truck accident, reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. We are trial attorneys and we will not settle your case for anything less than you deserve. We have handled hundreds of trucking accident cases and recovered hundreds of millions in the process.
Understanding the Differences
Truck accidents differ from car accidents in numerous ways, all of which make these lawsuits inherently more complex than other accidents that occur on the road. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck accidents account for about 77,000 injuries and over 4,000 deaths every year.
Below are some of the primary differences between truck accidents and car accidents:
- They tend to have different causes and multiple liable parties: Generally, most car accidents are caused by human error, for example, if a driver is speeding or distracted. Human error can also be the cause of a truck accident, but there are other factors that can come into play as well. For instance, a truck’s equipment might fail due to improper maintenance or defects. Or another company might have been responsible for loading the truck and, if done incorrectly, this could also lead to an accident. An experienced attorney will be able to examine all available evidence and consult with experts to build a solid case on your behalf.
- The injuries are more severe: As stated earlier, it is not uncommon for truck accidents to cause catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is generally defined as a type of injury that results in permanent disability, discomfort, or pain. Those who suffer from catastrophic injuries often require ongoing medical treatment and care, which can become quite costly.
- The injuries are more complex and the amount of damages are often greater: Since the injuries involved in these accidents are so severe, require continued medical care, and, in some cases, at-home assistance, the damages involved tend to be quite sizeable. Understanding the injuries, and their effect on the life of the person injured, and fully developing the damages in the case to ensure the injured person receives the full compensation they are entitled to requires an attorney experienced handling large, complex cases who also has the resources to go toe-to-toe with trucking companies and insurance companies with virtually unlimited resources.
Make sure you hire an experienced truck accident attorney today to fight on your behalf for the compensation you need to move forward.
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At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, our team of truck accident attorneys is committed to fighting on behalf of the wrongfully injured and will use our knowledge and skill to recover the damages you deserve. Backed by a reputation for excellence and success, you can rest assured your case will be in good hands with us.
Elliott has represented clients in every kind of catastrophic injury claim, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, tractor-trailer crashes, car collisions, and other harmful circumstances. He has secured more than 45 verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million, changing the lives of dozens of clients and their family members.