How Truck Accidents Differ From Typical Car Accidents

The truck accident lawyers at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP have handled numerous truck accident claims throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.  We have established a reputation for being strong advocates for injured truck accident victims as well as for families who have lost a loved one in a trucking accident.  Obtaining justice and compensation for our clients has always been our top priority.  One of the reasons we have been so successful is that we have a profound understanding of the differences that exist between a truck accident and other types of motor vehicle accidents.

There are various factors that make truck accidents unique and different from passenger vehicle accident cases.

Truck Accident Litigation is More Complex:  Representation From an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer is Critical

Our Delaware truck accident lawyers understand the complex intricacies associated with truck accident litigation, including how to properly investigate a truck accident, consider any violations to the Federal Motor Safety Regulations, establish liability, and how to fully maximize a victims’ compensation after a truck accident.  In addition, the insurance issues involved in a truck accident claim can be quite complicated.  There may be multiple insurance companies and policies involved.  These companies act on behalf of the truck drivers and trucking companies.  They will make every attempt to minimize the compensation or settlement for the victims injured in a truck accident.  It is critical to retain the services of a truck accident attorney who has extensive experience in truck accident litigation as well as the willingness and tenacity to stand up to the insurance companies on your behalf.

Truck Accidents Are More Dangerous:  Increased Risk of Catastrophic Injuries and Death

Accidents involving trucks tend to be inherently more serious in nature than typical passenger car accidents  involving only smaller passenger vehicles.  This is due in large part to the sheer size, weight and force of large trucks such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other big rigs.  A large commercial truck fully loaded with cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or even more.  Passenger vehicles and occupants are no match for the force and impact that commercial vehicles can generate, even when traveling at low speeds.  When a passenger vehicle collides with a large truck, extensive catastrophic injuries generally occur to the occupants of the smaller vehicles.  Victims tend to suffer serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, fractures, limb amputations and internal injuries.  Sadly, many victims lose their lives.

Driving a Truck is More Difficult Than Driving a Passenger Vehicle

Driving a large truck is more complicated than driving a passenger vehicle.  They are more difficult to operate and maneuver.  Making turns and backing up requires experience and skill.  Trucks have several blind spots that can make it difficult for the truck drivers to see smaller passenger cars.  Large trucks also require a longer time period and distance for braking and coming to a complete stop.  For these reasons, many truck drivers are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license.  An experienced trucking accident law firm can determine if driver inexperience or a lack of training played a role as a contributory factor in a truck accident case.

Multiple Defendants Are Often Involved in a Trucking Accident

In passenger vehicle accidents, the parties involved in the accident are typically the ones directly involved in the accident.  In contrast, when it comes to accidents involving large commercial trucks, there are often multiple defendants that can be held liable for the damages and injuries incurred.  In addition to truck drivers being held accountable, the other potential defendants can include the truck drivers’ employers, the owners of the truck, maintenance companies, loading and shipping companies, truck manufacturers, and inspectors.  Since investigating and determining liability in a truck accident lawsuit can be complicated, you need a truck accident lawyer who has the experience to thoroughly investigate and litigate these types of accidents.

Unique Laws and Federal Regulations Exist Within the Commercial Trucking Industry

There are specific laws and regulations that govern the commercial trucking industry as a means to keep all motorists on the road safe.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations set specific standards in regards to licensing qualifications, hours of service, truck maintenance, driver logs, insurance coverage and cargo restrictions.  Any violations of these standards can contribute to a trucking accident.  An experienced truck accident lawyer such as our lead attorney, Peter Janczyk, who has an in-depth knowledge of state and federals laws, can determine if any regulations were violated in a truck accident case.

Delaware Trucking Accident Lawyers at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP:  Working Hard to Protect the Rights of Truck Accident Victims

If you or someone you love has sustained injuries in a truck accident, contact the law offices of Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP as soon as possible to obtain sound legal advice and to ensure that your rights are fully protected.  Our team of personal injury attorneys have investigated, prepared and litigated numerous truck accident cases in Delaware and Pennsylvania.  Let us put our skills and experience to work for you.  To schedule a free consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable Delaware truck accident lawyer, call Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP today at (302)-295-5050 or toll free at (800) 300-0909 or contact our firm online.