Sadly, truck accidents are a common occurrence in the United States—in fact, police received reports of approximately 415,000 crashes involving large trucks in 2015 alone, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. While people often assume that truck accident cases are just car accident cases on a larger scale, the two types of cases can differ in several key ways.
One way that truck accidents and car accidents differ is in the sizes and weights of the vehicles involved. The passenger vehicles involved in car crashes tend to weigh between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds, whereas truck crashes involve a smaller, lighter-weight passenger vehicle and a large truck or bus that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Such collisions can be catastrophic, resulting in greater property damages, more significant injuries and medical expenses, and a greater likelihood of death than most car accidents.
Additionally, in truck accident cases, liability may extend beyond the driver of the semi-truck, big rig, or 18-wheeler. If the truck accident victim and his attorney can show that the trucking company that employs the commercial driver was negligent in its hiring, training, supervisory, or truck maintenance practices, the company may also potentially be liable for crash-related injuries and damages.
Protect Your Rights After a Truck Accident
Truck accident injuries and damages are often significant and, as a result, most insurance adjusters for the trucking industry will try especially hard to reduce their company’s financial obligation to injured victims. However, working with a knowledgeable and experienced truck accident attorney can help victims ensure their rights are protected.
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent commercial driver or trucking company, you may be entitled to compensation. Let Hite and Stone, Attorneys at Law, help you explore your legal options. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your truck accident case.