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The Difference Between Commercial Truck Accident and Passenger Vehicle Cases

Working with experienced truck accident lawyers in Phoenix can help open your eyes to the important differences between these crashes and typical passenger vehicle cases. The legal team at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. has decades of experience handling truck-related claims since our firm’s start in 1957. We have an excellent grasp on the law and know exactly how to provide top-quality legal assistance. We’ll start by offering a free case evaluation to discuss what you should know about a truck accident claim, including what separates them from other types of auto accident lawsuits in Arizona.

Physical Differences

Commercial trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or even more with oversized-load permits. In contrast, the average passenger vehicle weighs between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. In the initial impact between a truck and a car, the smaller vehicle almost always bears the brunt of the collision. Large trucks can crush or completely obliterate passenger vehicles in auto collisions.

Passenger vehicle occupants run a high risk of suffering catastrophic and fatal injuries in these crashes, while the risk to the truck driver is much smaller. The most common injuries in truck accidents include fractured bones, traumatic amputations, burn injuries, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damages. Truck (and bus) accidents injured 1,442 people and killed 26 others in Arizona in 2016.

Liability Differences

The majority of passenger vehicle accident claims involve just one at-fault party – the other driver. Unless the driver was an on-duty employee or delivery person at the time of the accident, injured victims will only have the individual driver to blame. Insurance claims in these cases are relatively simple, seeking damage recovery from the driver’s insurance company. Commercial trucking accident liability is very different. Many parties may be liable in truck accident cases, including:

Understanding liability in your particular truck accident case in Arizona might take help from a team of experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers. Investigators may need to return to the scene of the crash, analyze the procedures at the trucking company, interview eyewitnesses, and hire experts to help explain how the accident likely happened.

Legal Differences

Finally, legal differences separate trucking accident claims from other car accident cases. Trucking accidents often involve federal common carrier laws under the FMCSA. For example, commercial truck drivers require special training and licenses to operate large vehicles. Truck drivers must also follow federal rules such as hours of service regulations and electronic data logging. Passenger vehicle accidents, on the other hand, are less likely to involve federal laws.

Contact Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. and let our Phoenix truck accident attorneys handle your case and secure fair compensation for your injuries. Call us for your free evaluation today.