Large truck accidents are vastly different from collisions involving average passenger vehicles—from their size to the complex laws involved.
There are a number of factors that make truck accidents different from passenger vehicle collisions.
To begin with, there is simply no comparison between a commercial truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and a passenger vehicle that, on average, weighs only 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. This size discrepancy is similar to that between a newborn baby and an adult male. It is therefore not surprising that the victims of a truck accident suffer severe injuries such as paralysis, organ damage, brain damage, back and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, scarring, and more.
The other key difference between a car accident and big rig accident has to do with legal considerations.
A large body of laws and regulations governs the trucking industry, affecting how truck accidents are investigated and how liability is determined. Furthermore, trucking companies often put forth a vigorous defense for claims made against them in an effort to minimize the amount of compensation they pay to a truck accident victim.
Federal trucking regulations are put in place to keep motorists safe. They outline rules on everything from the height and weight of a vehicle to the number of hours a trucker is permitted to drive.Learn More
For these reasons, it is vital for anyone who is injured in a large truck accident to be represented by outstanding legal counsel. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are committed to providing top-quality representation to injured clients throughout the United States. Our attorneys take care of investigating the crash, identifying the responsible party, and holding them accountable.
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An early, thorough investigation is critical to the outcome of your case. After an accident, a trucking company immediately dispatches a team of experts to the scene to begin collecting evidence and planning a legal defense.
However, a skilled lawyer from our firm can take steps to counter such actions:
The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner they can begin their investigation to preserve crucial evidence. In addition, once a lawsuit is filed, the process of legal discovery is equally important to the outcome of your case. At this time, your lawyer may request evidence and information from the defense and directly question the truck driver. For example, an experienced lawyer knows how to dig into a driver's records and obtain information about their training, employment history, and medical history.
In a typical car accident, it is fairly easy to determine the party that is liable for financial reparations. This is not true in commercial truck accident cases. In fact, there are often many possible defendants and a complicated web of liability.
Insurance considerations in a truck accident are also very different from a standard car accident. A trucking company is required to carry insurance, but the insurer has no obligation to reveal how much coverage there is until litigation begins. Another unique aspect of commercial truck insurance relates to the MSC90 endorsement, which states that an insurance company must provide coverage even to vehicles that are not listed on a policy. While such legal intricacies may sound confusing to the average person, they are routine matters to a truck accident attorney. If you have questions, our law firm can help. Call now.
That is why when you are injured, it is vital to contact an experienced lawyer immediately.