Truck Accidents Are Not Like Car Accidents

Most of us have experienced the utter frustration of sharing the highway with the multitude of truckers out there, especially when there is a trucking accident. In these instances of frustration, it is rare to take a step back and recognize the utter necessity of truck driving for produce, commercial goods, and industry. In spite of our great need of the truck driving industry, the fact remains that truck accidents are not like car accidents. The difference is more apparent on the surface but more unique in the logistics involved underneath what we see.

An example of how drastically different truck accidents are is apparent in news articles like the one from about how an entire Thruway near New Paltz was shut down due to a trucking accident. Mid Hudson News reported that the cab of a tractor-trailer truck that was hauling shoes overturned on the Thruway and pinned the driver inside the cab. The surface level effects of trucking accidents is apparent in the emergency response to the situation; the shutting down of the southbound highway. Let’s take a moment to consider some of the deeper aspects of this accident to assist us in seeing some of the major differences between truck accidents and car accidents.

Major Differences Between Truck Accidents & Car Accidents
Like car accidents, truck accidents often involve injuries to the truck driver. In the instance of the trucking accident mentioned above, the truck driver did sustain injuries and a medic helicopter was called in to take the injured driver to the hospital. The difference lies in how these injuries have to be handled after the fact. Most car accidents result in those injured having to deal with insurance companies. With truck drivers, they will have to deal with insurance companies and the company they work for. This can make it extremely difficult to reach a settlement in the face of an accident.

The Truck Driver & Truck Accidents
Even more differences can be seen in looking at the role of the truck driver in these accidents. Because more damages often result from truck driving accidents, it is tremendously important to have experts evaluating the situation and determining cause. Truck accident lawyers are extremely important in treating trucking accidents as unique cases, distinct from car accidents, as well as advocating on behalf of the driver to their company and insurance company.

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