No. Though there are some similarities between car and truck crashes, when it comes to personal injury litigation, these two types of cases—and how they're handled—are often worlds apart. Some of the most significant ways that truck accident cases differ from car crash cases include:
- Causes. Semis, big-rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks handle differently than smaller, lighter-weight passenger vehicles. Common factors in truck crash causes can include sizable “no-zone” blind spots, issues with maneuverability, and improperly loaded cargo.
- Regulations. In addition to the traffic laws which govern all Delaware motorists, commercial truck drivers are also subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, which limit the length and frequency of shifts, mandate rest periods, and outline maintenance and inspection requirements and logbook practices.
- Damages. Injuries, property damages, medical expenses—and subsequent financial recoveries—tend to be greater in truck crash cases than in car accident cases involving two passenger vehicles.
- Liable parties. In car crash cases, the at-fault party is often the other driver. However, truck accident cases may involve multiple defendants, such as the commercial truck driver, the trucking company they drive for, or even the manufacturers of faulty truck parts and components. A knowledgeable truck accident attorney can help victims determine the parties to name as defendants in their personal injury lawsuit.
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If you were hurt in a Delaware truck accident caused by a commercial truck driver, trucking company, or other party's negligence, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The skilled attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you understand—and overcome—the challenges you're likely to face when seeking compensation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.