Are Trucking Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

Are Trucking Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

All types of vehicle accidents can cause serious and permanent damage as well as death. Accidents that involve two passenger vehicles and accidents that involve a truck and a passenger vehicle are all considered personal injury cases. However, the types of vehicles involved in an accident can significantly affect the way a case is approached and the damages that are sought.

Trucks are much larger and weigh far more than a passenger vehicle. Because of the disparate size and weight between a truck and an automobile, the injuries that result in a truck and passenger vehicle accident can be far more serious than the injuries that arise after two passenger vehicles collide.

Some common injuries in a truck accident case include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Severe burns
  • Multiple fractures
  • Severe internal injury

Besides speeding, alcohol, and substance abuse, all of which frequently arise in accidents, trucking accidents can be caused by the following factors:

  • Debris on the road
  • Improper loading or tying down of cargo
  • Failure to take legally mandated rest breaks
  • Faulty maintenance

In a trucking accident, an investigation of the accident will include the examination of any present black box that may show the moments right up to the crash. Maintenance records may become important. A third party may also be sued for issues such as defective parts. Identification of the appropriate party or parties to sue can be extremely important.

If you are involved in a truck accident, you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, so do not hesitate to contact an experienced trucking accident attorney.