Q How are truck accidents different from car accidents in California?
People who have never been in a truck accident assume that it must be fairly similar to being in a car accident. It's two or more vehicles crashing into each other—case closed, right?
Yes, the basic physics behind truck and car accidents is the same, but that's where the similarities end. The trucker who caused the accident also comes with a trucking company behind him and an insurance company that handles situations like this all the time. Big rigs are also exponentially larger than basic passenger vehicles, which means anything that happens as a result of the accident is usually bigger and more problematic as well.
The three biggest differences between California truck accidents and car accidents are:
- Injuries. When you get into an accident with an 18-wheeler, your chances of being seriously injured are much greater. On the highway, these trucks are essentially eight-ton speeding weapons and when they cause an accident, severe injuries are almost inevitable.
- Accident causes. Due to the size of trucks, certain accident causes are more likely to be issues. Big rigs can roll over very easily when there are unfavorable road conditions, the driver makes a mistake, or there's an equipment malfunction. Trucks can also jack-knife when there's a delay in reaction time and disabled front brakes. Of course, such accidents only increase the odds of additional vehicle collisions along the highway.
- Insurance company drama. Insurance settlement agents for trucking companies can be ruthless. They do this all the time, so they know exactly what to look for and how to manipulate the situation in their favor. They will probably try to convince you to settle for an amount of money that is far smaller than you deserve.
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