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How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

If you or a loved one are hurt in a truck accident, you may be able to take legal action against the driver or trucking company responsible for the crash. To learn more about your legal rights and for help making a claim for damages, contact the Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today.

Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 12 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in 2011 involved large trucks.  Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks are more likely than car wrecks to be deadly. This is because trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while the average car only weighs between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds. How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

Truck accidents are also more likely to be deadly because different types of accidents can occur that are especially dangerous. For example, trucks are very top-heavy and there is a strong chance that these large vehicles will roll over in an accident or if a driver is going too fast and loses traction.  The trailer can also spin out on a truck (jackknife) and trucks are also taller than passenger cars, making it possible for a vehicle to actually slide right underneath the body of a truck or a tractor-trailer.
Rollover, under-ride or jackknife accidents can cause serious injuries including fractures, brain or spinal cord injuries or even death

Other Key Differences Between Truck and Car Accidents
In addition to the fact that truck accidents are often more serious or even deadly, there are also some other important differences between truck and car accidents as well. For example:
  • There may be multiple defendants who are responsible for truck accident damages. Unlike a car wreck where typically only the driver is to blame for injuries, a trucking accident can result in either the driver or the trucking company itself being held liable. Trucking companies can be legally responsible for accidents because of their own negligence or because they are responsible for the actions of their employees. 
  • There are different safety standards that apply to truck drivers. For example, drivers of trucks are expected to obey all rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When a truck driver fails to obey the FMCSA rules, this can be an example of a situation where he is assumed to be negligent and where the injured car accident victim doesn't specifically have to prove negligence to recover compensation.
These unique characteristics of truck accident cases can make it easier for injured accident victims to obtain compensation after a truck accident.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Truck accident cases can be more complicated than car accident cases because the injuries are more serious and because there are multiple potential defendants. As such, it is important to have a qualified and experienced attorney representing you if you or a loved one was involved in a car wreck with a truck.

The Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., have extensive experience with truck accident claims. Give us a call at (404) 991-5950 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help with your case.

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