Just like all vehicles are not created equal, all vehicle accidents are not equal and neither is the law surrounding those accidents. For example, truck accidents are handled and defined as vehicle collisions involving a semi-truck, an 18-wheeler or a tractor-trailer. Damage after a truck accident is substantial, far greater than the damage done after a car accident (in the majority of cases).
Due to their size, trucks are usually the ones that cause more damage. That is why the truck driver is almost unharmed while the car driver (or anyone else who gets in the way) ends up hospitalized and lucky to be alive.
Whether you have been involved in a car or a truck accident, you are still eligible to file a claim against the negligent driver.
Here are the basic differences between a truck accident case and a car accident case.
Even though you can seek compensation after both the car accident and a truck accident, the main difference is in the size of the compensation. Since the chances are that the truck accidents will cause more damage (both physical damage to a person or people involved, and property damage to other vehicles, the road, and other private or government-owned property), it is only logical that the victims are allowed to obtain more money for their injuries. After a truck accident, if the truck driver was the one responsible for causing the accident, he or she may receive more than one claim from injured individuals.
Speak with San Diego Truck Accident Attorney to learn today how you can protect yourself in case of an accident, and what you should pay attention to increase your safety on the roads.
While most car drivers usually driver for not more than several hours, truckers are known for covering a lot of miles in one go. Majority of commercial truck drivers have one job – driver from one point to another. They do not get out of the truck to go pay the bills and sit in the office for 8 hours. The truck is their office, and that is where they spend most of their time.
For that reason, truckers are usually fatigued and exhausted and are prone to making mistakes while driving. One mistake could lead to an accident, resulting in fatalities and life-changing injuries.
Increased Chance of Death
According to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), truck accidents are responsible for 3,000 to 5,000 deaths every year. Commercial trucks are more likely to cause death than a car wreck involving two passenger vehicle. As such, truck accidents have a higher chance of wrongful death.
Contact Truck Accident Attorneys in San Diego if you lost someone in a truck accident recently, or if you or someone you love suffered injuries from an accident involving a truck. Schedule a free consultation and receive much-needed help and legal guidance in obtaining the compensation that you rightfully deserve.