What’s the Difference Between Commercial Truck Accidents & Car Accidents?
Before you file an injury claim for your accident, it’s important for you to understand that accident cases vary. Knowing this beforehand can help strengthen your claim. In this blog, we explain some of the key differences between commercial truck accidents and car accidents.
Commercial Truck Accidents vs Car Accidents
It is important to be aware of the following differences before filing your accident claim:
- Damage: Commercial truck accidents typically cause more damage than a traffic collision involving smaller cars. The compensation amounts commonly sought in commercial cases are much greater than the average car accident. Because of the weight and size differences, truck accidents have the potential to cause significantly greater injuries than car accidents. They also have a higher risk of fatality. Injuries sustained in truck accidents range from minor to severe. Brain damage and back injuries are common outcomes of commercial collisions. You should get a thorough medical checkup after an accident to look for potential injuries you might not be aware of.
- Causes: Most accidents are linked to a driver’s negligence. From drinking to texting while driving, distracted drivers frequently cause collisions on the road. However, the same can’t be said for commercial truck accidents. In these cases, exhaustion tends to contribute to the accident. Loose, or improperly secured cargo can also contribute to a commercial driver losing control of their vehicle.
- Liability: Perhaps the biggest difference, car accident claims are usually filed against one person, while commercial truck accident claims are typically filed against multiple parties. In a commercial accident claim, the truck driver, parent company, management, and maintenance crew, can all be held liable for not enforcing or maintaining safety standards. Truck drivers are held to high standards when they are on the road. In addition to local traffic laws, they are also required obey all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws.
Have you been in an accident with a commercial truck or passenger vehicle? If so, you should immediately seek legal representation. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we take on all kinds of accident cases in the Dallas area. Our lawyers are ready to fight for the compensation and peace of mind that you deserve.
Call (214) 301-5007, or contact our Dallas team of accident attorneys to learn how we can help you.