Have you recently been involved in a truck accident? Truck accidents involve large trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds and up to 80,000 pounds, and truck accidents are much different compared to car accidents.
Truck accidents include heavyweight commercial trucks and the companies behind them. They can produce extremely severe and even fatal injuries, additional liabilities, more extensive investigations, higher dollar settlements, and more.
How Truck Accidents are Different From Car Accidents
When it comes to truck accidents versus car accidents, truck accidents are more likely to leave victims with traumatizing and life-long effects. A lawyer is often utilized to recover heavy damages that the victim(s) incur from the accident.
No matter what type of truck accident you’ve been involved in, a top lawyer like Mike Rafi can help you navigate the difficult legal process.
Here are a few factors that separate truck accidents from your average car accident.
Vehicle Weight and Structure
Large trucks are much heavier and have a very different structure than cars. Large tractor-trailers can carry up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, so you can imagine the kind of damage it can do to another vehicle during an accident.
While tanker trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, and other types of large trucks can also cause complex accidents due to their size and shape, tractor-trailers are likely to be the most severe. These trucks are approximately 70 to 80 feet long and are typically the largest vehicles on the road. They weigh 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger car.
The sheer weight, size, and structure of large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, make a huge difference versus a car accident.
Damages and Injuries
Permanent, life-changing injuries, disfigurement, and disabilities can result from a large truck accident. Severe damage to the persons and vehicles involved is more likely to occur and death can be even more likely.
Due to the increased risk of severe damages and injuries, more damages will be claimed in a lawsuit. These can be short-term damages, such as lost wages due to injury and medical expenses, or they can be life-altering damages such as permanent disfigurement or death.
Truck accidents involve commercial vehicles, which means that there is a business behind the truck driver and the truck. The driver of the truck may also own the truck, or the driver of the truck may be employed by the trucking company. On the other hand, the owner of the truck may also have a contract driver.
The trucking company, the truck driver, and the trucking company’s insurance company are all involved in a lawsuit. All parties can be held liable for any damages that are proven to be their fault. On the contrary, a car accident typically only involves the drivers and their insurance providers.
Evidence & Investigations
During truck accidents, investigations involve more evidence. Evidence that is different from car accidents includes the truck driver’s weigh-in documents, hourly logs, receipts from activities during the trip, cell phone data, and more. All investigators have more evidence to sort through and review at the scene of the accident and following the accident in preparation for a lawsuit.
Investigation parties are often more than just the police. Truck companies have the insurance provider to call to investigate since large settlements may be in their future. Additionally, victims may call a lawyer to come to investigate the scene on their behalf as well.
Many car accidents don’t require a lawsuit, either because the insurance settlements are enough for the victims or because they’re not very severe. Even when car accidents do require a lawsuit they are often settled outside of court.
Truck accidents commonly turn into legal cases. Since trucks are so large, they can produce thousands or millions of dollars in physical, mental, and emotional damage. Victims can suffer a lifetime of damage and permanent disfigurement and cars are more likely to be totaled.
Lawsuits can be lengthier and more likely to go to trial with much at stake for both parties. That is why it’s imperative for the victim(s) to hire a top truck accident attorney.
The Nature of the Accident
Many of the same types of car accidents can happen with large commercial trucks. However, some accidents are unique to large trucks, such as jackknifes and underrides.
Plus, typical car accidents, such as head-on collisions, side-impact accidents, and multi-vehicle accidents, can be much more devastating when a large truck is involved. The overall nature of truck accidents is often more devastating and traumatic.
What To Do If You’ve Been in a Truck Accident
If you’ve been in a truck accident, you need to call a top Atlanta truck accident attorney like Mike Rafi. Mike will lead you on the path to success in recovering every single one of the damages you’ve incurred, long or short-term.
To get your free consultation concerning your case, call Mike at 404-948-3311 or send us a message today!