If you have witnessed or been in an accident involving a truck, then you may have seen how serious things can get. Trucking accidents are unlike other crashes for various reasons.
Perhaps the most glaring difference is the extent of injuries suffered, especially to occupants of standard vehicles. Due to their huge size and weight compared to ordinary cars, the impact is usually much higher when trucks are involved, so victims tend to suffer severe injuries. However, that is not all that makes a trucking accident stand out.
Trucking accidents are harder to prevent
A fully loaded truck is less maneuverable compared to an ordinary vehicle. While you can swerve or suddenly brake to avoid an accident in a small car, it’s a different ball game when it comes to trucks. They require a longer stopping distance, and due to their size, it may not be easy to engage in an evasive maneuver to prevent crashing into another vehicle.
There may be multiple liable parties
Unless the driver was driving recklessly, they might not be the only responsible party following a trucking accident. There is a possibility of third parties being liable for the crash. For instance, the trucking company may be held liable if they do not give their drivers enough time to rest. At the same time, the truck manufacturer may also be responsible if a defective car part caused the accident.
The financial stakes are much higher
The settlement for trucking accidents tends to be higher than ordinary car crashes due to the seriousness of the injuries or damage to property. You may be looking at catastrophic injuries, which in some cases, are permanent.
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, you need to be proactive in protecting your legal rights. Remember, you may have to engage with multiple insurance companies and prove the negligence of all parties involved. As such, the settlement process can be a complex affair which is why you need to be very well prepared when going after compensation for your damages.