Truck Accidents – How Are They Different From Car Accidents?

Truck accidents are collisions involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-Wheelers or other commercial vehicles, causing property damage and/or personal injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), accidents involving large trucks were responsible for 4,321 deaths, 77,000 injuries and 287,000 property damage claims in 2006. Truck accidents typically cause much greater harm than car accidents. Although trucks are responsible for a small percentage of motor vehicle accidents, their size increases the likelihood of significant and very serious damage to human life and property.

Truck accidents can be more complicated than a typical passenger car collision.

Aspects of truck accidents:

Fuel Fires: Fuel fires happen when the truck’s diesel fuel comes into contact with a battery spark. This can be avoided by protecting the battery from being crushed in an accident.

Jackknifing: The tendency for a truck to jackknife is increased when the front brakes are removed or de-powered.

Rollovers: Rollovers are one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries in trucking accidents including driver error (taking a curve too fast, driving too fast, fatigue, inexperience or DUI – driving under the influence), truck malfunction (improper load distribution, low tires, brake failure) and highway conditions.

Braking: Trucking accidents are frequently caused by brake malfunction.

Injuries in Truck Accidents         

The most unique aspect of a trucking accident, particularly semi-truck accidents is that the injuries in this type of accident tend to be extensive. A semi loaded truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more while most cars weigh approximately 3,000 pounds. Due to the greater likelihood of significant injury, truckers are required to carry insurance with higher liability limits.

Special Truckers Licenses & Negligence

Truck drivers should possess a special license for operation of the vehicle and must have attended an independent trucking school or form of apprentice training within a trucking company. If a truck driver that caused an accident does not possess the requisite amount of training and experience, a claim might be brought against the trucking company for negligent hiring and/or training. However, in a typical car accident case, there is no one else to sue if you get hit by an inexperienced driver.

The other various ways why truck accidents are different from car accidents are:

  • Lawsuits are more time-sensitive and evidence must be preserved more quickly
  • Laws are different
  • Rules governing drivers and their employers are different
  • Players are different
  • Vehicles are much more sophisticated
  • Driving a truck is very different from driving a car
  • Dynamics of what happens in a wreck are totally different
  • Industry documentation is different
  • Training of drivers is much more intense
  • Insurance issues are more complex
  • Way these cases are handled from inception to completion is different

Contact Truck Accident Lawyer at 845-709-8005 and 800-940-1799

If you or your loved one has been involved in a truck accident contact the truck accident lawyers at Rockland Injury Lawyers. Email us at  We will quickly respond. We  proudly serve clients of Spring Valley in Rockland County.

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