While truck crashes and
car crashes might be similar in many ways to most people, there are some distinct
differences between the outcomes of the two. Apart from the obvious differences
between the average commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and the average passenger
vehicle—a CMV can weigh anywhere from 10,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds—there
are some other important distinctions to make between these types of collisions.
Difference 1: Damage
The most significant difference between these two collisions is the damage
that results from them. In 2011, of fatalities involved in large truck
accidents, 72% were occupants of other vehicles and 17% were occupants
of large trucks. With CMVs, there will usually be more collateral damage
involved because of the size of the vehicle and the force of the crash.
Likewise, if small cars collide with larger vehicles, the smaller one
will often be no match and will likely be destroyed. Injuries are also
much more severe in truck accidents. Wrongful deaths and severe catastrophic
injuries can also be caused by these types of collisions.
Difference 2: Filing a Claim
Filing a claim is usually a pain to begin with, but with truck accidents,
it tends to be more complicated. Settling a dispute with a trucking accident
involves several liability factors, including the driver, his or her company,
and whoever does maintenance on the truck. Investigations will have to
be done regarding who was at fault in the incident, which will likely
take more time. Equipment failure, for example, plays a significant role
in causing truck accidents, such as when a tire blows out.
Difference 3: Truckers Licenses
Truckers have more of a stake in accidents. Those who drive CMVs have undergone
specialized education and training to drive truck. They also have formalized
instructions associated with the type of cargo they are carrying. All
commercial truck driver should possess a commercial driver’s license
(CDL) that reflects their level of training, qualifying them to carry
the load in their truck. If an accident occurs and the driver doesn’t
have the proper license, the trucking company could be held liable for
negligence in hiring and training. Also, if the CMV driver was inebriated when the
truck accident occurred, he or she could be facing the loss of their license for a brief
period, if not permanently.
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