Why are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents? Orlando Attorney Explains

Collision cases involving large trucks are quite different from auto accidents that involve passenger cars or a car and motorcycle. The physics involved, the parties involved, and the way 18-wheeler accident cases are handled differ in many ways from the start of a case to its completion.

Because large truck accident claims are so different from car accident lawsuits, you need an experienced attorney who will begin working on your case as soon as possible.

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Some unique elements of truck accidents include:

  • The severity of the injuries in a trucking accident can be far greater as well as the potential for death. When a tractor trailer hits a car, the forces that are transferred to the occupants of the car are much greater than when a car hits another car.
  • The physics of a big truck wreck are totally different. Your truck accident attorney must be familiar with the physics of big rig trucking collisions. The center of gravity is higher, multiple axles require different braking systems, loads might be unbalanced, and many trucks are articulated (designed with a joint between the tractor and the trailer) allowing a truck to pivot. These and other unique characteristics of big rigs, semi-trucks, flat beds, tanker trucks, and tandem trucks require a specific set of legal knowledge and skills.
  • Liability in trucking accidents can be far-reaching. Florida truck accidents potentially have more liable parties, which makes establishing fault more complex. In addition to the truck driver, trucking company, equipment owners, and equipment leases, a host of other parties may also be involved in some way with either the truck or the cargo, including shippers, distributors, loaders, brokers, various insurance companies, and third party maintenance or repair vendors.
  • Motor carriers have accident investigation teams. Trucking companies dispatch their own “rapid response” team of investigators and lawyers to the accident scene to interview witnesses, investigate evidence, take photos, and inspect the truck’s black box recorder and other electronic systems. Automobile drivers may not have instant access to an experienced truck accident attorney. When you call Kramer Law, our legal team is able to respond immediately on your behalf. Call us at 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376)
  • The evidence involved in a tractor trailer accident is far more extensive than in a typical Orlando car accident. A truck accident attorney at Kramer Law will investigate crash evidence involving the driver, the truck, the cargo, the motor carrier’s documentation, and the trucking industry’s documentation requirements.
  • Regulations are different. Truckers have more regulations to comply with than the everyday Orlando driver, including how their load is tied down and secured to how much sleep they get each night. In addition to general state and federal traffic laws, every interstate motor carrier and driver must comply with The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These are the minimum standards for commercial vehicles and are applicable to all employers, employees, and commercial motor vehicles that transport property or passengers across state lines. Your truck accident attorney at Kramer Law is well-versed in these federal regulations and knows how to effectively apply them to your case.

Contact an Orlando Truck Accident Attorney Today

Truck accident lawsuits are complicated. Not all attorneys are experienced in the procedures of a big rig collision case or have the resources necessary to take on corporate insurance companies and their lawyers.

Kramer Law has the background and the skills to fully prepare your case and fight for you. We can help you identify which parties are liable, locate witnesses, investigate evidence, work with accident reconstruction experts and other specialists, and effectively negotiate with insurance companies.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident on Florida’s roadways, call Kramer Law today to schedule an initial consultation, or call us at 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376).

We can explain all of your options and provide the best possible representation against the often large and intimidating trucking companies.

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