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Distinguishing truck accident cases from car accident cases

Motor vehicle accidents of all kinds can be injurious, traumatic and even fatal. For survivors, navigating the insurance and legal systems in order to recover proper damages in the wake of such accidents can be a confusing and stressful process. Thankfully, attorneys experienced in personal injury law can help survivors file personal injury claims in order to address the harm that has occurred as a result of any kind of motor vehicle accident.

However, it is worth noting that individuals who have been involved in commercial truck accidents may face different kinds of legal hurdles than those motorists who have been involved in collisions with other passenger vehicles. Because commercial trucking enterprises are complex legal entities, the process for handling claims filed by individuals who have been harmed by commercial truck operators tend to be complex as well.

When a motorist is harmed in an accident involving a commercial truck driver, a number of parties may be held liable for that harm. The truck driver himself or herself may be partially or wholly at fault. The commercial truck driver’s employer may also be partially or wholly at fault. Finally, the truck manufacturer and even the state may be held at fault if a defect with the vehicle or a defect with the roads played a part in the crash.

Attorneys experienced in commercial trucking accidents can help survivors navigate this complex web of liability. The process of holding negligent parties accountable for truck accident harm may be frustrating at times, but it is often necessary and beneficial nonetheless.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “3 Ways Truck Crashes Can Differ From Car Crashes,” Aditi Mukherji, March 31, 2014

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