How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

May 08, 2020

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

Many people wrongly assume that truck accidents are no different from car accidents, and that all an injured victim needs to do is call their insurance company to start the claims process. Actually, truck accidents are dramatically different. It is typically harder to receive fair compensation and the road to getting a settlement can be much longer.

Below, our Indianapolis truck accident lawyers review some of the key differences.

Truck Companies More Aggressively Defend Themselves

Because truck accidents tend to cause more serious injuries, the defendants are much more aggressive defending against claims. There is a simple reason: much more money is at stake.

A truck company and/or its insurer will not easily come to the bargaining table with a fair settlement offer. Instead, they will thoroughly investigate the accident and try to pin blame for the crash on the injured victim.

If you were involved in a truck accident, you need an attorney who understands what they are up against.

Evidence Must Be Preserved

More evidence is available in the typical truck accident case, but it isn’t easy to lay your hands on. For example, most trucks today are outfitted with electronic monitoring. These systems, often called “black boxes,” record important data, such as how long a vehicle has been in motion and whether the driver has braked or stepped on the accelerator.

To get this information, you need to put the trucking company on notice that they need to preserve it. Many inexperienced attorneys don’t know how to properly preserve relevant evidence in a truck accident, but we do.

More Defendants Might Be to Blame

In a car accident, the other driver is typically to blame for the crash. Sometimes, a defect in the road or a defective part on the vehicle might also play a role, but rarely.

With truck accidents, there are many possible defendants to hold responsible, such as:

  • The truck driver. He might have been negligent, intoxicated, careless, or distracted, which would make him responsible for the crash.
  • The trucking companies. Indiana law holds employers automatically liable when their employees injured someone carelessly in the normal course of business. However, a trucking company also could have been negligent in its hiring, supervision, and training.
  • The loading companies. A different company typically loads the cargo into the truck. If unbalanced loads caused a trailer to roll over or jackknife, then the loading company could be at fault
  • A mechanic. The person who fixes the truck could have overlooked something defective or done a poor job fixing broken parts.

With so many potential defendants, you need a truck accident lawyer experienced in properly analyzing a claim and investigating all possible contributors.

Call Us for a Free Consultation

Indianapolis Injury Lawyers has helped many accident victims obtain compensation against truck drivers, trucking companies, and others. We will happily meet with you for a free consultation if you contact us today.

Please avoid delay. The trucking company probably already has an investigator busily collecting evidence, and you need someone in your corner to fight for you.