Truck accidents are usually more serious than car accidents for two main reasons:
- There are more serious injuries involved.
- Trucking insurance companies often try to avoid liability.
Simple physics can explain why trucking accidents are a serious issue. First, consider their weight: tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, vastly overshadowing the average 4,000-pound passenger vehicle. Because mass almost always wins in a collision, the enormous amount of force behind the semi truck makes serious injuries more likely.
It’s rare for anyone involved in a truck accident to walk away unscathed. You may suffer physical or emotional injuries and costly property damage. If the truck driver was negligent and caused the crash, you have the right to pursue compensation from them, their employer, and the applicable insurance. The Long Island truck accident attorneys at Carner & DeVita have secured recoveries for thousands of clients who were due money for treatment, healing, and compensation. If you were injured in a truck accident, call Carner & DeVita now at (631) 543-7070. We will help you hold the negligent truck driver responsible and get you the money you deserve.
Keep reading to learn why trucking accidents are so serious, then call Carner & DeVita for a free case consultation.
1. There are more serious injuries involved.
No matter how many safety mechanisms are in place, passenger vehicles simply cannot withstand the force of a semi truck collision. It is very unlikely that either party will walk away without any injuries.
Because the people in a car are much lower to the ground than drivers of big rigs, they are more likely to be crushed or run over during an accident. No matter the type of crash, these are some of the most common truck accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – These are common in any motor vehicle accident and can cause unconsciousness, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, mood changes, or death.
- Spinal cord injuries – Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. Symptoms include a loss of sensation in the extremities, loss of control over any part of the body, impaired breathing, and extreme pain in the head, neck, or back.
- Back and neck injuries – Whiplash, spinal fractures, and bulging or herniated discs all fall under the types of back and neck injuries a person can suffer in a truck accident.
- Broken bones and lacerations – Although these may not sound so serious, broken bones and cuts can become infected, requiring further treatment. Depending on which bone was broken, medical bills can be very steep, and untreated infections can lead to sepsis, which is deadly.
- Internal injuries – The force of an airbag deploying or being thrown forward into the steering wheel or dashboard of a car can cause significant internal injuries, including broken ribs and damaged organs.
- Amputation and disfigurement – This is perhaps one of the more terrifying injuries that can result from a truck accident. Due to the size and weight of the truck, as well as any pieces of flying or fallen scrap metal and car parts, a person’s limbs can be crushed, requiring amputation.
- Burns – A person can be severely burned after coming in contact with volatile chemicals in a big rig. Truck accidents also have a high risk for ruptured fuel tanks, and since big rigs can store up to 150 gallons of fuel, any fire caused by the accident can result in serious or even deadly burns.
2. Trucking companies often try to evade responsibility.
Some trucking companies try to avoid responsibility and therefore avoid having to pay the injured party the compensation they are due. If a truck driver acted negligently and caused an accident, their employer (the trucking company) may be held responsible for a person’s injuries under the legal doctrine of vicarious liability. Vicarious liability is most often used against employers for the actions of their employees.
For your Long Island truck accident attorney at Carner & DeVita to establish vicarious liability, they must prove that the trucker was working for the trucking company at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, some trucking companies try to deny that a trucker worked for them. They may claim that the driver was an independent contractor, not an employee. A lawyer at Carner & DeVita will obtain the proper records to prove that the truck driver was indeed an employee for the trucking company and was on duty when they caused the accident.
Truck accidents are also a serious issue because the company may try to deny that the accident caused the victim’s injuries. They may claim that the victim had the injury before the crash, or that the truck driver’s actions did not directly cause the victim’s injuries.
Through accident reconstruction, expert testimony, and medical records, the lawyers at Carner & DeVita will work to prove that the truck driver did cause the victim’s injuries by acting negligently. Even if you had a preexisting condition, it may have been made worse in the crash; this is a scenario in which you can still recover compensation.
To find out if you have a case, call Carner & DeVita at (631) 543-7070 today.
Long Island Truck Accident Lawyers
Negligence is inexcusable when a driver is operating a 40-ton vehicle. If you were injured in a truck accident, you have the right to hold the driver accountable and recover money for your injuries and damages.
The truck accident attorneys at Carner & DeVita know what tricks the trucking company and their insurance try to pull to avoid paying you what you deserve. Let Carner & DeVita fight for your legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries; call (631) 543-7070 today for a free consultation.