How Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents -- Insight from the Best Truck Accident Attorneys
Just by looking at the sizes of a semi-truck and a car, it’s easy to quantify the wreckage that would result from being involved in accidents with said vehicles. Commercial vehicles are significantly larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, therefore truck accidents tend to cause more severe injuries and property damage. However, large trucks are responsible for less accidents on highways compared to those caused by personal vehicles, increasing the possibilities for, though less severe in comparison, serious injuries and property damage in their own right.
Large trucks and semis are a leading cause of many traffic related deaths in the United States. California in particular has seen some of the worst trucking accidents in the country. A tractor-trailer or eighteen-wheeler can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are dangerous and virtually guaranteed to crush smaller vehicles in an accident.
The Los Angeles Police Department collected data that showed that 236 people died in crashes between the beginning of 2019 and December 14 alone, meeting or exceeding the 240 reported deaths in 2018. According to a report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, car crashes are the fourth leading cause of premature death in the county, ahead of homicides, strokes, and lung cancer.
A report compiled by the Analysis Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2017 showed that at least one driver-related factor was recorded for 32% of the large truck drivers in fatal crashes, compared to 54% of the passenger vehicle drivers in fatal crashes. "Speeding of Any Kind" was the most frequent driver-related factor for drivers of both vehicle types. "Distraction/Inattention" was the second most common for large truck drivers, and "Impairment (Fatigue, Alcohol, Illness, etc.)" was the second most common for passenger vehicle drivers.
Those who survive either truck or car accidents are often left to deal with various forms of injury, including permanent disabilities such as brain damage and spinal cord injuries. However, the legal processes concerning truck and car accidents couldn't be more different.
When it comes to how a personal injury claim is handled, truck accidents are starkly different from car accidents. For example, there are different rules and accident investigation procedures that are unique to trucking accidents that differ to those of car accidents. Our excellent team of attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the difference between truck and car accidents in California.