The Difference Between Car Accidents and Semi-Truck Accidents

With the increase of warehouse companies being built across the Inland Empire, semi-trucks are also dramatically increasing across all local roadways. Semi-trucks are largely built in order to transport enormous amounts of freight between ports to either warehouses or stores across the nation. While they are fundamental part of our economy, the heavy increase of these trucks in residential communities places many drivers at risk for an accident. Semi-truck accidents have the probability to be more severe, and in some cases fatal, in comparison to that of regular car accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with a big rig, it is important to know that there are complex rules and laws that involve these types of vehicles.

There is a common misconception that leads many drivers to believe that being involved in an accident with a big rig is the same as being involved in an accident with a common civilian-type vehicle. Semi-truck accidents, however, are unlike those from car accidents in a number of ways.

Key Differences Between Big Rigs and Personal Vehicles

To begin, semi-truck motorists are commonly employed by companies to deliver goods across many cities and even states. The companies by which they are employed are notoriously known to hold large commercial insurance policies. These topnotch insurance companies have an incredibly experienced team of claims adjusters and attorneys. This team of highly skilled professionals will always seek to reduce the truck driver’s liability, ultimately reducing or even completely eliminating the compensation for the victim(s).

Another difference is that semi-truck drivers are governed by a complex set rules and regulations. Semi-truck drivers will often make deliveries across state lines, which make them subject to numerous interstate trucking rules and regulations. These federal and state regulations oversee multiple components of the semi-truck, which include but are not limited to:

  • All semi-truck’s maintenance; which include regular smog-checks and other body-type regulation;
  • All commercial driver’s licenses, trainings, certifications, and qualifications; and
  • Regular semi-truck inspections, which include driver’s logbooks.

These regulations can be an important when seeking to file a claim against a semi-truck driver. Finding a mishap made by the semi-truck driver or the company can be of great service when making a case for compensation.

Finally, another major difference between big rigs and personal vehicles is the absolute difference between them. A collision with a semi-truck will typically result in greater property damage and injuries in comparison to an accident with another small-scale vehicle. A vehicle that crashes with a semi-truck can be completely demolished. Further, the driver in the smaller vehicle can be instantly killed or be left with devastating grievances.

Filing A Claim Against a Semi-Truck Driver for Your Injuries

Seeking the help of an attorney who recognizes the distinctive aspects of these accidents is vital to getting the best possible compensation. A qualified personal injury attorney will recognize the unique nature of the accident and will fight for your right to a full compensation.

The Law Offices of Justin H. King understand how to handle incidents concerning large trucking corporations who can participate in tactics intended to undermine your chances at recuperating fully for the injuries you sustained. Justin H. King is a dedicated attorney who will champion for your rights as a victim and see that you are compensated for the injuries you sustained. You can learn more about his representation for victims of trucking accidents, or view his contact information here.