How Are Car And Semi-Truck Accidents Different?
When it comes to automobile accidents, there is a major difference regarding a semi-truck accident/commercial vehicle accident or a standard automobile accident. Where semi-truck accidents are concerned, many different variables come into play.
Hopefully, you will never be involved in any traffic accidents, much less one involving a semi-truck. But it’s good to be prepared to fight for any deserved compensation and know how the legal process works if it happens.
The crucial thing to remember is that when misfortune of this magnitude comes your way, finding an experienced, knowledgeable attorney should be at the top of your “To Do” list. Because these types of motor vehicle accidents (involving semi-trucks or commercial vehicles) can be extremely complex, an attorney who is experienced specifically with them is your best choice.
Semi-Truck Accidents Mean Severe Damage
It may seem like a very general statement to say that if you get in an accident with a semi-truck, the damage will be extensive. But it stands to reason. Victims and their families can be shaken to the core by the brutality of a truck accident. Even worse than seeking compensation for severe injuries is the possibility of a wrongful death suit.
Long-lasting and/or permanent injuries can result due to the size and magnitude of semi-trucks when they are involved in a crash.
It’s You Versus the Trucking Company
Semi-trucks, unless they are owned and operated by the driver, are usually the property of a large company. If you are involved in an accident with one of these semis, it’s going to be you against a big business. You stand little chance of success without the representation of a semi-truck accident specialist/attorney. One thing is for sure, the trucking company is going to have the biggest and best lawyers representing their interests. Not yours.
In addition to several lawyers, the company will likely have several insurance companies as well. You’re going up against the big guns in a case like this, so it’s best to have the most competent, experienced legal team possible on your side.
Accident Types and Causes
Figuring out the cause of the accident is another factor that makes semi-truck accidents different from standard car accidents.
When cars get into accidents with each other, frequently, someone was speeding, driving distracted, running a red light, etc. – basically driver error. On the other hand, big rig trucking accidents can occur, in part, due to the sheer size of the truck. They tend to make improper turns, cannot stop as quickly, are unable to see a nearby car, and the list goes on. Additionally, manufacturing defects and/or equipment failures can figure in where this type of accident is concerned. Now you have a lawsuit against not only the company who owns the truck, but possibly the manufacturer of the truck, as well. Trucking companies and their drivers are supposed to maintain their vehicles with checkups, weigh stations, driver logs, and more.
Numerous aspects will be looked into by your legal representation that are specifically related to semi-trucks.
Realistically speaking, if you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, the damage to your vehicle will be extensive and the possibility of severe physical injuries increases compared to an accident with another average sized car. That’s going to mean recovering as many damages as possible. The best way to do that is with, once again, an experienced, knowledgeable semi-truck accident attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Semi-Truck Accident?
If you’ve been in an accident involving a semi-truck or some other large vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Corradino & Papa, LLC. Count on our team of legal practitioners for help. We get justice and fair compensation for those who have been injured. Don’t let the recklessness or negligence of someone else disrupt your life.
Contact us today.