Truck accidents share similarities with car accidents on several points:
- Both typically occur on streets and highways.
- Both often happen when the car(s) or truck(s) are in motion.
- Both can cause injuries to passengers, drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians along the road — sometimes mild, sometimes serious, sometimes catastrophic.
- Both typically result in damage to the vehicles.
On the other hand, truck accidents differ from car accidents in a number of ways:
- Truck accidents are more likely to cause total destruction to other vehicles and catastrophic injury or death to occupants of the other vehicles.
- Trucks are typically better insured than cars are.
- Truck accidents often involve layers of ownership, responsibility, liability and insurance coverage.
- Insurance subrogation procedures sometimes complicate the payout of benefits for the injured person, as insurance companies claim the right to be reimbursed by taking portions of other insurance carriers' payouts.
- Truckers have many state and federal regulations that they are supposed to comply with when operating big rigs in traffic. Safety inspections and reflectors are both mandatory.
- Large trucks usually have "black boxes" that record speeds and hours of operation, like black boxes in airplanes that record all activities of the airplane. A trucker's "black box" can be immensely valuable for accident reconstruction purposes.
- In addition to the black box and its records, a trucker is obliged to keep a log, recording hours of driving, hours of rest, truck maintenance activities and so on. For the best results after a truck accident, the investigation should begin as soon as possible, while the driver or the trucking company is still legally required to preserve the driver's log.
North Carolina Truck and Car Accident Attorney
The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd handles car crash and trucking accident cases on a contingency basis. We only collect attorney fees if we help a client obtain compensation. We also front the costs of expert testimony until a verdict or settlement is paid out.
Call 910-323-2555 to discuss your auto or truck accident case and legal options with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We represent clients throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania.