Those who are injured in semi truck wrecks may feel that the legal process is similar to that of car crashes. However, a semi truck accident lawsuit is often very different than one involving two passenger vehicles or one passenger vehicle and a motorcycle. If you have questions about a semi truck accident lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for more information.
Differences Between a Semi Truck Accident Lawsuit and a Typical Car Accident Claim
First of all, because complying with industry standards and safety regulations is a major component of a semi truck accident lawsuit, certain evidence in these claims is often crucial. In nearly all trucking accident lawsuits, evidence is submitted involving the driver, such as inspection records, screenings and qualifications or involving the vehicle, such as maintenance and inspection history documentation.
Although each state has separate laws, many federal regulations across the U.S. are the same in each state. For instance, drivers must observe traffic signs and signals, drive under the speed limit and carry a valid license. For cases involving semi trucks, there are specific laws in place, including maximum hours of consecutive service, licensing standards, insurance and restrictions pertaining to the route, size and weight of the vehicle.
In most typical car accidents, only the parties involved in the incident are involved with the claims process. However, in a semi truck accident lawsuit, several parties may be named in addition to the driver such as the owner of the truck, the trucking company, the manufacturer and parties related to the inspection, maintenance or cargo of the vehicle.
When compared to passenger cars, semi trucks take longer to stop, are slower to accelerate, have specific challenges when backing up and turning and need more space to maneuver. Driving a semi truck is vastly different than operating a car, so those filing a semi truck accident lawsuit must often evaluate how the driver operated the vehicle in the incident.
Additionally, the dynamics of what happens in a crash are drastically different between a car and a commercial vehicle named in a semi truck accident lawsuit. Based on the principles of physics, a truck has a greater mass, or weight, than a car. In an accident, weight almost always wins over any other factor. However, other circumstances that can affect a wreck include control variances, cargo issues, the ability to pivot, a truck consisting of multiple axles and differences in the centers of gravity.
The role of insurance also differs between semi trucks and cars. Insurance requirements for cars are much less than those for commercial vehicles due to the potential for much more damage occurring in semi truck accidents. Because expenses associated with a semi truck accident can be large, carriers have a particular interest in minimizing the liability of trucking companies. In other words, insurance companies may take extra measures to help reduce settlements or payouts to those injured or plaintiffs filing a semi truck accident lawsuit.
Why Consult an Attorney?
Although many may feel as though they are fully capable of representing themselves against trucking companies should they choose to file a semi truck accident lawsuit, there are a number of reasons why a lawyer is beneficial. An attorney can help you receive adequate. Additionally, legal counsel can determine whom should be held accountable for your injuries as there may be more than one party at fault, whether it is the driver, the trucking company, the maintenance provider or the manufacturer of the semi truck itself. If you are injured, consider working with an attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected and that you are treated justly and fairly for your injuries.
Want More Information about Filing a Semi Truck Accident Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love were injured in an accident and you would like to know whether you are entitled to file a semi truck accident lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We will review the details surrounding the incident and connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your semi truck accident lawsuit claim and help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
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