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What’s the difference between car and trucking accidents?

It may seem obvious to say that trucking accidents are different from car accidents. However, it is more than just the difference in the vehicle sizes that puts trucking accidents in a category of their own. New York drivers may have many more factors to consider when facing the implications and outcomes of an accident with a big rig.

The most apparent difference between a crash with another passenger vehicle and a crash with an 18-wheeler is the size of the truck. Tractor-trailers can weigh as much as eight times that of a car, and they may take twice as much distance to come to a stop. This means the slightest error on the part of a truck operator has the potential to cause an accident resulting in catastrophic injuries for the occupants of a smaller vehicle. Common trucking errors include the following:

  • loaders not securing cargo properly
  • mechanics failing to check the condition of brakes and other systems
  • drivers neglecting to monitor the condition of their tires
  • drivers not complying with federal laws regarding rest breaks
  • drivers allowing distractions behind the wheel
  • trucking companies hiring drivers who are unqualified
  • trucking companies placing unrealistic expectations on their drivers

As one can see, the liability in a truck accident may extend far beyond the driver. Therefore, another critical difference between a car accident and a truck accident is the complexity involved in the investigation of such accidents. When someone suffers life-changing injuries or loses a loved one in a trucking accident, they will want a thorough and aggressive investigation to uncover who is responsible.

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