How are Truck Accidents Different from Other Types of Car Accidents?

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One person is dead and one is injured in a truck accident involving a Panera Bread tractor-trailer and a car in Montgomery County. The truck accident occurred at the intersection of Eason Road and County Line Road in Horsham.

Truck accidents must be handled differently from the very beginning of the claim in order to protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries. The reason is that truck accidents are different from other car accidents due to the federal regulations governing truck drivers, trucking companies, and the trucking industry and the fact that gathering evidence is much more extensive in a truck accident. Another difference requiring special handling is the fact that there are often several defendants in a truck accident and the injuries tend to be much more severe.

Laws Regulating the Trucking Industry

Pennsylvania has laws that pertain to operating automobiles within the state; however, the truck industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA sets standards for commercial trucks, truck drivers, trucking companies, and other parties involved in the trucking industry. The regulations and laws are designed to make the operation of commercial trucks safer and reduce the number of trucking accidents. Your attorney must understand these federal regulations and laws in order to handle your personal injury claim properly.

Truck Accident Investigations & Gathering Evidence

Insurance companies have special teams that quickly go to the crash site to begin an investigation. They are searching for evidence they can use to limit their liability. A Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer must also act quickly to identify and preserve evidence before it is destroyed or lost. For example, the truck's black box contains vital information such as the speed of the truck and if the brakes were applied prior to impact. The attorney must immediately notify the truck company to preserve the information on the black box.

The attorney must also request the logbooks, maintenance records, truck inspections, driver qualifications, and other information that is specific to a truck accident. If the attorney handles the case like any other car accident, vital information could be lost.

Another reason the attorney must conduct a thorough investigation is to identify all of the defendants. Truck cases often have more than one defendant compared to a car accident that only has the other driver as a defendant. In a truck accident case, you may have the driver, the truck company, a parts manufacturer, and the shipper as potential defendants. Identifying who was responsible for the truck accident is essential in order to obtain compensation for damages.

Injuries in a Truck Accident Case Are Typically More Severe

Due to the size and weight of a commercial truck, the injuries in a truck accident case tend to be catastrophic for the occupants of the passenger vehicle, like a car or motorcycle. In most cases, the truck driver does not sustain injuries as severe as those of the other accident victims do.

Pennsylvania Truck Accident Attorneys

We want to protect your rights in a truck accident case. The insurance company for the truck driver and the trucking company will aggressively fight your personal injury claim. It has a team of professionals and experts protecting its interests - you should have the same on your side. Our experienced truck accident lawyers have the skills, resources, experience, and dedication to protect your legal right to a fair and just settlement for your truck accident claim. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation by using our online contact form.

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