According to the fatality analysis reporting system and motor carrier management information system, in 2008, there were 4,006 large trucks involved in fatal crashes and 129,653 large trucks involved in non-fatal crashes.
If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck and file a personal injury claim, you may be disheartened by the amount of paperwork and frustration need to file a claim for injures and losses.
There are several reasons that the claims process is so much more complicated when a car and commercial truck are involved in an accident.
- When a 3,000 pound car and a 70,000 pound truck collide, the accident is generally severe and damages and injuries can be staggering. In fact, a Cook County, Ill., jury recently returned a $10 million verdict in favor of a 72 year old woman rendered wheelchair dependant as a result of a car vs. truck accident.
- Multiple parties will likely be named. They could include the trucking company, its insurance company, the vehicle insurance company, the vehicle manufacturer, and the trucks drivers’ personal insurance company. If road conditions were a factor, local governments could also be named.
- When commercial trucks across state lines in the course of business, federal laws com into play with regard to liability and proof of responsibility.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, please seek the advice and guidance of an experienced trucking accident lawyer. They can help you recover just compensation from responsible parties to cover your losses and injuries. Stay safe!