A truck car accident in most cases has far more devastating results than a motor vehicle accident that involves two cars. Typically a commercial truck, otherwise known as an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, loaded to legal capacity can weigh around eighty thousand pounds or more, in comparison to the three thousand pounds an average car weighs. A collision between the two at low or high speeds can result in very serious or fatal injuries to the driver and passengers in the car. Statistics do point to the fact that a truck driver is more careful in general on the road, and is not the negligent party in the majority of accidents involving a truck, but there are still far too many incidences of negligence in truck car accidents on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. If you are reading this article because you or a loved one are a victim of a truck wreck involving a car, call an truck wreck attorney immediately after seeking medical care for your injuries. They need to take immediate action to protect your rights.
The consequences of a large truck wreck can vary due to the type of freight a truck has on board when the accident occurs. If the load contains flammable or hazardous materials for example, the incidence of burn injury and respiratory injury are far more prevalent for obvious reasons. Many types of trucks can be involved in a truck car accident including freight liners, DHL, UPS, Fed-EX, U-Hauls and other van lines, tanker trucks such as pipe haulers, oilfield trucks, chemical trucks, shuttle busses, tour busses, garbage trucks, cement trucks, dump trucks, gravel trucks, etc.
To prove negligence in a truck car accident or any other motor vehicle accident, the negligent party, whether it be a business entity or an individual, must have failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care considering the circumstances and the plaintiff must have sustained injuries as a result. So the plaintiff in an accident involving a commercial truck must prove that the defendant owed said plaintiff the “duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care”, that the defendant failed to use said care and that this failure resulted in injury by the plaintiff.
A key to a successful truck car accident claim is to identify all parties that might have at least partial responsibility for the accident and injuries. This is where it is very important to bring on an truck wreck attorney as they have the expertise to track down possible liable parties such as the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, distributor, retailer, etc. Parts manufacturers such as tire or brake manufacturers also have contributory negligence in some cases. These types of claims are often very expensive to litigate by the time the law firm hires expert witnesses, investigators, etc. Finding the right truck wreck attorney to litigate your case on a contingency fee basis will ease the burden as you heal from your injuries and losses.