A crash involving a large truck has a higher chance of leading to severe injury or death than a crash solely between smaller vehicles. When the accident involves a large truck and a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are much more likely to be severely injured.
For this reason, the victim of a truck accident will have to face enormous medical expenses and other potential losses. They may never be able to return to work. When they seek compensation for all they have lost, their damages will be very high, and they tend to be higher than they would be in a case involving an accident between two cars.
There is another way truck accident cases are different from other motor vehicle accident personal injury claims. In a typical personal injury claim involving an accident between two passenger cars, the injured party must show that the other driver caused the accident through negligence. If they can prove this, the negligent driver can be held liable for the injured party’s damages.
In a case involving a commercial truck, other parties can be held liable as well. The driver’s employer may be held liable, under the traditional theory of respondeat superior, in which employers can be held responsible for the negligent acts of their employees. In some cases, liability may also apply to a maintenance company or other business that was responsible for the truck. Because trucking is heavily regulated, state and federal laws may change the outcome of these cases, as well.
Because the amount of damages in truck accident cases can get very high, it is important for the injured and their families to expand the scope of liability and the pool of possible defendants. This increases the chances that they will be able to recover the full amount of compensation they deserve and badly need.