Truck Accident FAQ
- How is a truck accident different from a car accident?
- Are truck accident claims more difficult to handle?
- Why are truck accidents more serious than car accidents?
- How can I prevent a truck accident from occurring?
- Is a truck driver automatically liable in a truck accident?
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How is a truck accident different from a car accident?
Commercial trucks can include garbage trucks, tractor trailers, delivery trucks, gasoline trucks or any other large, commercial vehicles. Almost all commercial vehicles are transporting materials, liquids or livestock for delivery to another location. Because of this, an accident between a commercial truck and passenger car, can not only be dangerous for both drivers and vehicles, but also to the environment, cargo and other motorists.
Are truck accident claims more difficult to handle?
Yes. Truck accident claims involve a multitude of factors that can contribute to the truck accident itself or influence the ensuing claim. Since there are many different rules and regulations that trucking companies and their truck drivers must follow, as well as multiple insurance companies involved, a truck accident claim can get quite difficult to handle, very quickly. Thankfully, Brumbaugh, Mu & King, P.A. has experienced truck accident attorneys who can sort through all these different factors and assist you in reaching the compensation you deserve from your truck accident claim.
Why are truck accidents more serious than car accidents?
Since there is a substantial difference in size, the damages and injuries sustained during an accident between a commercial vehicle and passenger car can be quite traumatic. Commercial trucks are also normally transporting liquids, livestock or other materials that can easily complicate or worsen the damage during collision. If you consider the fact that a commercial truck can weigh around 70,000 pound compared to the average 3,000 pound passenger car, it is easy to understand how a truck accident can be much more severe than the average car accident.
How can I prevent a truck accident from occurring?
Many commercial vehicles require a longer range of distance to come to a complete stop due to their heavy loads and its important that you give them a wide berth. Beware not to follow too closely behind a commercial truck and to avoid making any sudden stops or turns while in front of one. For additional safety tips, please visit the NCDOT website or review North Carolina's "Be Safe, Share the Space" Truck Safety Brochure.
Is a truck driver automatically liable for a truck accident?
No. Truck drivers face many different obstacles and risks every time they get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. Sometimes another driver or undesirable weather conditions, can cause a catastrophic situation to occur. Simply because a truck jackknifes does not mean the resulting accident is automatically the truck driver's fault.
However, all circumstances of the truck accident will be reviewed to determine who is liable for the truck accident and so long as it was not you, then compensation can be recovered from an insurance company for your medical expenses or property damage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, then we urge you to call
one of our North Carolina Truck Accident Attorneys today at (800) 635-1683!
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