Yes, a truck is safer than a car in a crash. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants.”
Compared to cars, trucks are generally:
- Equipped with stronger infrastructure than smaller, lighter vehicles—like cars
Truck drivers have a clear duty to act cautiously at all times. If they crash into other vehicles, especially smaller ones, the risk of serious injury is high.
Trucks are Also More Dangerous Than Cars
From the truck occupant’s perspective, a truck is a safer vehicle than a car. From the perspective of a car occupant, however, a truck is downright dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), the largest truck class weighs more than 33,000 pounds and as much as 80,000 pounds.
On the other end of the scale, cars typically weigh between 3,200 and 6,000 pounds, per the EERE. This gap in weight means that:
- A large truck may suffer minimal body damage when struck by a car
- A car may suffer serious damage when struck by a truck
- Truck occupants may be relatively safe when struck by a car
- Car occupants may be at great risk of injury when struck by a truck
Death is a possible outcome of truck accidents. Per the National Safety Council (NSC), deadly large truck accidents increased 33% between 2011 and 2019.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident, a lawyer can pursue the compensation you deserve.
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Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Liability is unique to each truck accident. An attorney should examine the actions of the truck driver. A Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found truck driver error was to blame for 87% of truck accidents.
A trucking company is generally liable when their employee causes a collision. Certain circumstances may shift liability to other parties, including:
- A mechanical failure: If a defect in a truck or car caused the collision, then the part or vehicle manufacturer may be liable. In some cases, a mechanic, used vehicle seller, or other party could be liable for a defect.
- Dangerous roadways: If cracked, potholed, or otherwise hazardous roadways caused the truck accident, a municipality could be liable for a victim’s damages.
- Cargo loading company: If a cargo company responsible for loading the truck did so improperly or overloaded the truck with cargo, the company could be held liable.
An attorney will determine liability in your case. This process can be complicated, but you do not have to navigate this on your own.
What Should Victims Do After a Truck Accident?
All truck accident victims should do the following;
- Get medical attention for any possible injuries: Seeking medical attention is necessary for your health and any legal case you may pursue. Medical records can provide a clear connection between your injuries and the accident. Medical care will also ensure that you receive proper treatment for your injuries.
- Get the help of a truck accident attorney: If you do pursue a legal case, you may want a lawyer by your side. An attorney will use their expertise to put together a strong case on your behalf. This could lead to fair compensation for you.
An attorney will handle the legal process for you. Having a law firm handle your case from start to finish allows you to focus on your recovery.
What Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me?
A personal injury law firm will seek a fair settlement or judgment for you. They will handle all of the steps in your case—steps that you may be completely unfamiliar with, including:
- Investigating the truck accident
- Dealing with a trucking company to obtain drivetime records, black box data, and physical evidence
- Reviewing all relevant insurance policies and determining if an insurance claim could produce fair compensation for you
- Hiring experts to lend their advice, testimony, and accident reconstruction services to your case
- Filing a lawsuit
- Negotiating a settlement
- Completing a trial
Your lawyer will use their expertise and resources to obtain a financial recovery covering all of your damages.
What are Recoverable Damages for a Truck Accident Victim?
Recoverable damages in a truck accident case may include the cost of medical care, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, lost income, and other losses. Your lawyer will identify and value your damages for you.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today
Truck accidents can be complex cases with multiple liable parties. Our firm will sort out the details of your case and pursue fair compensation. You focus on getting your life back to normal.
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