Truck Vs. Car Accident: What Are the Differences?
Just as large commercial trucks are not the same as cars, truck accident cases are not the same as car accident cases. When an 18-wheeler, tractor trailer or semi truck is involved, a crash is not a typical fender-bender.
The Injuries Tend to Be More Serious
Truck accidents involve larger vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The collisions are therefore much bigger, resulting in devastating and life-altering injuries. Truck accident injuries more frequently include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, or a lifetime of back or neck pain. Your legal advocate must be able to communicate effectively with your health care providers and should have access to additional medical experts whenever necessary.
Accident Victims May Require Extensive Rehabilitation
Truck accident victims often face a long road to recovery. Many require long hospital stays, prolonged medical support and 24-hour nursing care. Those injured in truck accidents may suffer memory problems and a loss of independence as well as a host of new fears, depression and anxiety. Your attorney should understand life care planning, rehabilitative services planning, adaptive home renovations and other issues relating to long-term medical needs.
Truck Accident Legal Claims Often Involve Multiple Defendants
Truck accident litigation often involves multiple defendants located in multiple states. One company may own the cab, while another company owns the trailer and a third company is responsible for maintenance and repair. The driver may be an employee or an independent contractor. Your lawyer must understand how to analyze corporate records to identify all companies and individuals who played a role in the accident, whether as owner, contractor, driver, employee, supplier or vendor.
The Trucking Industry Has Special Safety Rules
Commercial trucks must comply with a lengthy list of state and federal safety regulations. Your lawyer should have working knowledge of these safety regulations in order to identify possible violations. For example:
- Truck driver regulations prohibit drivers from driving more than a certain number of hours per day and per week.
- Regulations require that reflective tape be placed along the entire side and rear of a tractor trailer.
- Truck companies must follow certain specific steps in reviewing a driver’s qualifications and credentials.
- Certain maintenance and record-keeping requirements also must be strictly obeyed.
To effectively handle your representation, your attorney must be aware of all rules and regulations that applied to the truck that caused your accident.
A Law Firm With the Resources for Success in Handling Complex Litigation
At the AV-rated* Greenberg & Stone, we have the resources, knowledge and experience to effectively litigate complex claims against large trucking corporations and their insurance companies. We identify the issues particular to your case and develop a strategy to meet your needs and effectively present your case to a jury, should the case progress that far. We use cutting edge technology and high-end visual and audio displays both in and out the courtroom — and we consult with highly regarded experts — to show our audience exactly what happened in the crash and how the injuries have changed your life.
Learn More About Greenberg & Stone
Headquartered in Miami, Greenberg & Stone has offices throughout Florida. We litigate truck accident cases nationwide with the assistance of our Rapid Response Team and a network of local associate law firms.
We invite you to learn more about our attorneys and read summaries of past successes on behalf of truck accident victims. If you have additional questions, call us toll free at 888-499-9700.
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