Why are truck accidents worse than car accidents?
Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In comparison, passenger vehicles weigh around 5,000 pounds. When a large truck smashes into a passenger car, the smaller vehicle usually sustains the most damage, which can be deadly for its occupants. In fact, around two-thirds of all fatalities in crashes involving large trucks and passenger vehicles are occupants of the passenger vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Not only are truck accidents deadlier than car accidents, but they also present unique insurance and litigation challenges. For example, while car accidents typically involve one or two negligent parties, there can be several negligent parties involved in a commercial truck crash. These parties may include the truck driver, the trucking company, the loading company, the truck manufacturer and various parts manufacturers, and each of these parties may have separate insurers and legal representatives. This can make the claims process complex and protracted.
Legal options for truck accident victims
Victims of truck crashes or other motor vehicle accidents might need the help of a personal injury attorney. The attorney could review the case, gather crash reports and help identify the parties who should be held responsible for the accident. Legal counsel could also negotiate with the insurance companies and attempt to obtain a fair settlement. If the insurance companies refuse to settle, the attorney could file a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf. Common damages pursued in personal injury cases include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage.