Truck crashes are bigger, deadlier, and cause more damage than a typical car crash. There’s no such thing as “minor fender-bender” when an 80,000-lb. 18-wheeler hits you. You are going to need a lot of compensation to cover your expenses and injuries after a truck accident, and while you might think the process is the same as the last time you got rear-ended at a stop light, it’s really not.
To get the money you need after a truck crash that wasn’t your fault, here’s what you need to know.
What Makes Truck Accidents Different
Truck accidents are harder to avoid. Trucks are heavier than passenger cars, more difficult to drive, and much harder to turn or bring to a complete stop. That means when something goes wrong, the truck driver and the driver of the other vehicle have less chance to maneuver out of the way before colliding.
Truck accidents cause more damage and injuries (and have bigger payouts). Because commercial trucks are so large and heavy, when they collide with smaller and lighter passenger vehicles, they cause so much damage that a lot of compensation is needed to make it right.
That’s why trucking companies are required to carry significantly larger insurance policies, and also why their insurance companies will try much, much harder to avoid having to pay the victims what they’re owed.
There are more laws governing truck drivers than other types of drivers. In addition to all the usual laws against speeding, drunk driving, and texting while driving, there are also traffic laws just for trucks drivers (including how long a truck driver is allowed to drive in a single stretch and how much cargo they can carry).
When truck drivers or their employers break these laws, they can be held liable for accidents they cause.
More than one person or party can be liable when a truck hits you. In a normal car accident, if another car hits you, the other driver is solely to blame. In a truck accident, there are many people who could have contributed to the crash, and who may owe you compensation.
So Who’s Liable?
Download our free guide to potentially liable parties in your truck accident by clicking the image below.
Contact Broussard & Hart with Your Truck Crash Questions
Truck accidents are different, and any attorney who says they’re not may not know what they need to handle yours. If you have questions about what to do after a truck crash and how to get the compensation you sorely need, contact the truck accident attorneys at Broussard & Hart. Your consultation is always free.