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4 Main Differences Between Truck And Car Accidents

While they both involve a road accident, there are many key differences between semi truck and car accident cases. It is important to be aware of these intricacies and how they affect the case. As you begin working with your semi truck accident attorney to prepare your case to obtain the compensation you deserve, be sure to understand these differences.

Causes Of The Accident

Truck accidents can be more complex, often caused by mechanical failures and manufacturing flaws. Such causes can make the case more complicated, however, your semi truck accident attorney will be able to navigate these intricacies. While both types of crashes may be caused by driver negligence, impairment, and distraction, proving liability is not always as simple with truck accidents because of specific federal and state law regulating commercial drivers.

Liability And Insurance

Because truck drivers are employed by a trucking company, liability for the accident is more complicated than for the liability for a car accident. In some cases, the trucking company or the truck manufacturer, rather than the driver, may be responsible for the accident. Because of the various ways to hold the driver, employer, and manufacture liable, there may be several insurance companies and attorneys defending the case.  There may be several insurance policies covering the accident, and therefore your injuries.

Severity Of Injuries And Property Damage

Semi-trucks weigh an average of 80,000 pounds. This is 30 to 35 times heavier that the average car, so it’s no surprise that injuries are more substantial and even catastrophic.. This severity of the injuries requires extensive evidence to prove to the court and jury.   For example, be sure to carefully obtain photos of the damage to the vehicles involved in the accident and medical records to support your claim.

Licensing Requirements

Truck drivers go through a very different process than the average driver to obtain a commercial driver’s license. To operate a semi truck, a driver must go through vigorous training, written examinations on federal and state driving laws, and road testing. If the truck driver does not follow licensing requirements, your truck wreck attorney may be able to argue negligence of the driver and the trucking company for negligent hiring.

Remember to discuss all of the intricacies of your case with your lawyer during your consultation.  Ask plenty of questions about what to expect. They will be able to guide you through the process and explain the details unique to truck accidents. Educating yourself about the case will only help  to ensure you receive the compensation deserved.

Bryan Folger is the semi truck accident attorney Phoenix AZ trusts. Contact the Folger Law Firm today by calling (602) 932-0552  for your free consultation.

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