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What Can Cause a Truck Accident?

When you start talking about truck accidents versus car accidents, there are several different things to consider. The outcome of these two kinds of accidents can be the same. With each accident you will have to deal with:

  • Time lost at work
  • Emergency medical costs
  • Vehicle repair costs
  • Ongoing medical expenses

However, there are some things about trucks that are more likely to cause accidents than with cars. For example, the size of a truck tends to amplify the effects of bad weather on your driving. If you start to feel your car slip a little on a rain-soaked road, there are ways you can correct it and avoid any contact with other vehicles. When a truck starts to lose contact with the road in a rain storm, the results could be much worse and the likelihood that the truck’s slippage can be corrected in time is slim.

One of the most significant differences between cars and trucks is line of sight. If a car gets close to another car while trying to pass or change lanes, the drivers of the cars can usually see each other without much problem. But if a car gets alongside a truck and attempts to pass or change lanes, then the truck can have a limited line of sight on each side which can cause a lot of problems.

Trucks that are weighed down with materials they are hauling can often handle better in bad weather than cars which are lighter. But if a truck that is weighed down starts to slide out of control on an icy road, then its momentum is going to take it through anything that gets in its path. A truck driver can try to react to a situation like that, but it can be extremely difficult.

As you can see, personal injury accidents with trucks can have many more considerations than an accident with two cars. It can be difficult to determine liability with a truck because there are so many variables involved. That is why you need to hire a good personal injury lawyer if you are ever in an accident with a truck.

If the truck that hit you is owned by a trucking corporation, then that corporation probably already has experienced lawyers to take care of the situation. You need to level the playing field by hiring a lawyer of your own. A good lawyer will get to work on collecting evidence and interpreting it properly. Your lawyer will also talk to the insurance companies for you and get you the financial settlement you need and deserve.

Getting into an accident with a truck can be frightening. Once the ordeal is over, you need to get an experienced personal injury lawyer involved as quickly as possible to protect your financial rights and make sure that the facts in the case are presented fairly.


For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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