If you suffered an injury in a truck accident due to the negligent and reckless actions of a commercial trucker, recovering financial compensation is much different compared from the process of car accident claims. In addition, there are various contributing factors in a car accident which are not applicable in a truck crash.
The following are the three main differences between truck and car accidents:
- Personal Injury. When two or more vehicles are involved in a collision, there is a potential for injury. On the other hand, due to the massive size and weight of commercial trucks, truck accidents often have a high rate of severe and fatal injuries compared to car accidents.
- Financial liability. Only the drivers involved in a collision can be held financially liable for any property damage or injuries. However, in a truck accident, determining liability is much more complicated since the trucking company can be held liable along with the trucker. Furthermore, third parties such as the truck manufacturer can be partly to blame if malfunctions of a vehicle caused the accident.
- Driver responsibility. Although all motorists must adhere to the rules of the road, truck drivers must follow higher standards. For instance, a truck driver can get arrested for a DUI if his or her BAC level is 0.04%, not 0.08% like average motorists. Furthermore, truck drivers need additional training to receive their commercial driver’s license.