Accidents with large, commercial trucks can turn tragic in an instant. The size and weight of a commercial truck (a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds or more) and higher safety risks, such as the potential for cars to get stuck under a trailer and a truck’s wide turning radius, create a very dangerous situation. An accident that would be minor if between two cars can be deadly when a tractor-trailer or other commercial truck is involved.
Perhaps just as frightening as an accident with a commercial truck is finding out that holding a trucking company liable for one’s injuries and getting the compensation you need is often more difficult than doing so in an automobile-only accident. Despite the fact that commercial trucks, their drivers and the companies employing them are more highly regulated than passenger cars and required to carry more insurance, getting appropriate compensation for truck-accident injuries is challenging. This is largely due to the deceptive and dishonest practices that have become prevalent throughout the trucking industry in an effort to minimize their liability in accidents.
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a commercial truck or a family member has been killed in a truck accident, you need to know the following in regard to your case: