Why Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents?
Trucks are automobiles too, right? Surely there can’t be much difference between an accident caused by a truck and one caused by a car. So why are there different laws for either one?
Well, for one thing, though they may have similarities in terms of make – their potential for destruction is vastly different. A car accident, sometimes, can mean a damaged car door or a fallen bumper, but overall? Not every car accident is lethal and life altering. The thing about truck accidents, however – specifically, eighteen wheeler trucks – is that they are usually more than 10 times more destructive than cars. In fact, you can put it like this: your regular automobile will usually weigh around 4000 pounds while your average truck can weigh up to 152,000 pounds without need of a permit in certain states.
The devastation that a truck accident can cause is astronomically more than your average car accident. Where a car accident can only possibly be catastrophic, depending on what kind of accident it was and what the circumstances of the accident are, every truck accident will cause something highly volatile and destructive.
That is why there are so many laws in place that surround trucks specifically. A truck driver can only drive the vehicle for a certain number of hours consecutively, for example. And, unlike your regular car accident, truck accidents are covered by federal law. That is to say, where car accidents can have certain discrepancies from state to state, there are universal laws that surround trucks all over the United States. There is also a lot more risk with regard to trucks since the cargo that they carry can sometimes be extremely dangerous such as flammable material, which could cause large-scale explosions should they be tampered with or be met with an on-road accident.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, it is recommended that an attorney who has experience with cases of this nature is contacted in order to get the best possible representation as well as help necessary for these kinds of unfortunate scenarios.