As committed Orlando truck crash attorneys, we can help if you are filing a case against a trucking company. Truck drivers are often employees of a larger entity, which can mean dealing with big insurance companies, complex legal teams, and companies that have gone through hundreds of accident claims before. Most truck accident victims have never before been in a crash with a semi or tractor-trailer. Trucking companies may have thousands of drivers in their fleet, and they have definitely been on the receiving end of a truck crash lawsuit before. These companies have much more experience with the claim process, often to the detriment of injured claimants, which is why an Orlando truck accident lawyer at Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney, can help you.
Below, we’ll share some of what we know about truck accidents, and how we can help people in your situation. But you can call us at any time to discuss your accident and receive a free case evaluation from us.
Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Statistics
Five Important Differences Between a Truck Accident and a Car Accident
Any truck injury lawyer will tell you: truck crash injury claims can be very different from a typical car accident case. When comparing the two, you’ll notice these five important differences:
- There are often multiple parties that may be held liable for the accident.
In a car accident it’s normally you versus a negligent driver or pedestrian. In accidents with a commercial truck you may be dealing with a negligent truck driver, trucking company, vehicle manufacturer, and/or mechanic.
- Injuries from truck accidents may be more likely to be serious or fatal.
A typical passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds, where the typical truck can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to over 80,000 pounds when cargo is included. Trucks traveling at high rates of speed with heavy loads can be harder to maneuver and stop. The size discrepancy between a passenger car and a truck is one reason why injuries that result from these crashes can be so severe and may result in long-term suffering, disability or death.
- Truck accidents may be caused by operational/mechanical hazards such as blind spots or cargo shifts, rather than driver hazards.The size of a truck presents many operational hazards such as larger blind spots and more difficulty maneuvering or breaking. The hauling of cargo can also present a hazard if it is unbalanced, loose, or shifts during transport. These are hazards that normal vehicles do not face on such a serious scale.
- Trucking companies may dispatch their legal team immediately to the scene to handle the situation.
Most trucking companies are ready at a moment’s notice to handle a crash. By sending out their crash investigation team at the moment an accident occurs, they can gather the evidence before you even have a chance to consider talking to a truck accident lawyer. They may have a truck crash attorney of their own out at the scene shortly after the accident.
- Truck driver records are important pieces of evidence that may be easily falsified or destroyed before a claim is filed.
Unique to truck accidents are driver records and “black box” data, which record important information at the time of the crash. Some of these records, such as the driver’s time on duty, can easily be manipulated. Even worse, after a period of time, the truck company can legally destroy these records, removing them from the potential evidence in your case.
If you’re concerned about how to handle these differences remember that you have the right to work with a truck injury lawyer. Just as the trucking companies will have their legal teams, you should level the playing field with a truck accident lawyer of your own.