How Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

Apr 29, 2022 - Car Accidents, Truck Accidents by

From their causes to how they are approached in a trial to prove liability, accident cases involving large trucks are different from cases involving smaller vehicles, such as cars and SUVs. If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, a Tuscaloosa auto accident attorney at Cross & Smith, LLC, can assist you in taking the proper steps to obtain the compensation you are owed. 

Injuries Sustained in Accidents Involving Large Trucks

All accidents can lead to serious injury or death, but accidents involving large trucks are more likely to have catastrophic injuries. The main reason for this is the sheer difference in vehicle size. A fully-loaded 18- wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs, while the average car weighs approximately 4,000 lbs. When the two collide, the passengers of the smaller vehicle rarely escape without serious injury. 

Another reason injuries sustained in large truck accidents are typically more serious is due to the cargo being transported by the truck. Large trucks are responsible for carrying hazardous and sometimes flammable materials. These materials can cause a fire to erupt during a collision, or sometimes just the fumes from the materials is enough to cause inhalation injuries. 

Investigations & Liability of Accidents Involving Large Trucks

The investigation into what caused an accident involving a large truck can be very complex as there is often more than one party at fault. Parties that may be found liable in these accidents include:

  • Truck Driver: The driver of the truck may be responsible for the accident. Testing for evidence of drugs and alcohol is often conducted to determine if they were a contributing factor. 
  • Truck Owner (Carrier): Carriers may be responsible for the accident. For example, they may not have the truck regularly maintained to ensure it is in good working condition. 
  • Truck Designer: A truck must be designed in a way that is safe. When the design in some way contributes to the cause of an accident, the designer may be held liable. 
  • Manufacturer of the Truck or Individual Parts: Even if the design of the truck is faultless, if it is not constructed as designed, the manufacturer may be responsible for a resulting accident. This is also true of the individual parts.  

It is important to retain a Tuscaloosa auto accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident, so that the investigation into the cause of the accident, as well as the liability of the parties, may be determined. In complicated cases involving multiple parties, it may even be necessary to hire an expert to reconstruct the accident to assist in determining cause and liability. 

Speak With A Tuscaloosa Auto Accident Attorney at Cross & Smith, LLC

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck or car accident, you need experienced counsel from a Tuscaloosa auto accident attorney at Cross & Smith, LLC. You may contact us by calling 877-791-0618 or via our contact page.

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