The Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents

A white triple-trailer semi truckWhile there are obviously many similarities between car and truck accidents, there are also some fundamental differences. From the potential issues involved to how the claim gets handled, truck accidents can be more complicated than car accident cases on a number of levels. For this reason, some personal injury attorneys specialize in truck accident claims so that they can better represent their clients. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you get compensated for your injuries quickly and fairly. 

The law firm of Slappey & Sadd has been working with truck accident victims in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia since 1992. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to help you put your life back together. If you’re injured and need help, call us at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. 

Truck Accidents Are Often More Severe

Because trucks are so large, he forces they exert in a collision are much stronger than those in a passenger car accident. As a result, the injuries suffered by the victims tend to be more severe. Truck accidents are more likely to result in the following serious injuries:

  • Concussions and other head trauma
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage

In addition, many trucks carry hazardous materials or other cargo that can result in additional injuries. 

Layers of Corporate and Insurance Red Tape

One of the most challenging aspects of truck accident cases is figuring out who is responsible for your claim. Many trucking companies employ their drivers as independent contractors. In addition, the truck and/or the trailer may be owned by the driver or some other entity. The trailer may have been loaded by a separate company, and each of these pieces to the puzzle may be separately insured. The bottom line is that it can be quite difficult figuring out who is responsible for ensuring that the truck is safe to be driven on public roads and highways.  

Unique Causes and Different Requirements

Truck accidents can be caused by simple driver error, but there are other causes that are unique. For example – 

  • Lack
  • Drowsy driving – commercial truck drivers are among the most likely to drive while sleepy according to the CDC
  • Mechanical failures – trucking companies have a duty to ensure that their trucks are safely maintained. 

In addition, commercial truck drivers are subject to a number of local, state, and federal trucking regulations. These laws regulate many aspects of the trucking industry such as the following:

  • Transportation of hazardous materials
  • Limits on the number of hours a driver can spend behind the wheel
  • Maintenance standard,s
  • Weight limits

Failing to comply with these laws can result in a serious accident, and failure to follow the law can be used as evidence of negligence. 

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact the Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys at Slappey & Sadd

Just like any other personal injury case, you will need to prove that you were injured and entitled to fair compensation. The truck accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd know how to overcome the obstacles in your case to make sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. We work with people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia – call us at 404-255-6677 or contact us online in order to schedule a free consultation.

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