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Although both can be highly challenging and stressful, trucking accidents can be the most devastating type of crash to be involved in. Injuries from these accidents are typically significantly worse than injuries seen from auto vehicles. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial trucks are so large (approx. 80,000 pounds) that they are naturally bound to cause more damage than an average car (which weighs about 5,000 pounds).
What to Know About Commercial Trucks
Trucks Follow Different Laws
Unlike regular passenger vehicles, trucks must follow local traffic and state laws, and truck drivers must also adhere to federal statutes. One significant difference is hours of service regulations. This law is designed to limit how long drivers are allowed to operate a truck when they take breaks, and how to keep track of their time. truck drivers are also regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), who both have regulations truck drivers must follow.
Do NOT Talk To Truck Insurance Companies Without Guidance
Insurance companies are not your friends and won’t be on your side. They will likely try to offer you an unfair payout because they don’t have your best interest. Never accept settlements or sign anything from truck insurance companies without letting your lawyer review it first.
There can be several negligent parties
Another difference between auto and trucking accidents is the number of negligent parties. Typically car crashes involve one or two people, whereas there can be multiple parties involved in trucking accidents. This may include the driver and loading companies, the parent trucking company, service providers, or the truck manufacturing company.
We Can Help
After dealing with a trucking accident, it’s essential that you find an experienced truck accident attorney. Our team at Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC is perfect for you. With years of experience in cases like yours, we have what it takes to fight for your rights. Let us be your voice.