All vehicle accident can result in injury or death. Obviously, an accident involving an 18-wheeler or commercial truck carries the weight and size for catastrophic results. Annually, more than 4,000 people are killed in accidents with trucks, and thousands of people are injured.
The average automobile weighs about 3,000 pounds. While that is a lot, when two collide they carry the same weight giving each the same chances of survival. The average commercial truck weighs 80,000 pounds. When an 80,000-pound truck hits your vehicle, rolls over, or jack-knifes next to a 3,000 car, the car has little chance of driving away.
Besides the risk of injury and death involved, there are other differences. When there is an accident with a truck determining who is liable is complicated. Sometimes it is determined that the accident is the responsibility of a negligent driver. In those cases, it is the truck driver that will be sued for liability. Other times it is the fault of the actual truck line, but as an employer of the driver, it could be that the truck line and the driver are pursued to cover damaged. Finally, if there is a part failure involved, the accident could be the fault of the truck manufacturer or the part manufacturer.
This is the first order of business for your truck accident attorney. They will begin the research and investigation to determine the direction of the case. As you can see, numerous insurance carriers could be involved, and liability can be divided.
Some states, such as Florida, are no-fault accidents states. This means when you have an automobile accident, your insurance pays for the damages, injuries, and loss of income resulting from the accident, regardless of who is responsible for the accident. You cannot seek damages for pain and suffering from your insurance carrier. However, the no-fault laws were created to free the legal system of minor claims that should never have made it to the courts. There are limits that the damages cannot exceed. A truck accident almost always exceeds those limits (usually immediately).
The Nature of the Accidents
If an 80,000-pound truck is traveling downhill and its brakes fail, it turns into a missile which is going to destroy anything in its path. If that truck jack-knifes, anything next to it is going to be struck with such force that it is wiped from the road. If you are beside it or behind it and it explodes in a fuel fire, you will feel as if you were next to a bomb that was detonated. These are not exaggerations. This is fact.
You need a team to help you recover. You need good medical care, therapists, support systems, and a strong will. You also need a good legal team of truck accident attorneys. All the other members of your team will need to be paid. You will probably suffer a loss of income. You may even be permanently disabled. Your truck accident attorney goes after the responsible parties and gets the money you need to restore your world.