How Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

All motor vehicle accidents are frightening; your life can change in an instant. There is a reason, however, that most drivers are more cautious when driving around large commercial trucks. Getting into an accident with one carries with it a greater possibility of catastrophic injury or death.

At the Fayetteville-based The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., we understand the differences between trucking accidents and car accidents. We know where the hurdles lie that make seeking compensation for injuries more complex, and we also know how to secure important evidence that can help your case. This is just one reason why we are one of the most recognized personal injury law firms in North Carolina.

Why Truck Accidents Are More Complicated Than Car Accidents

Everyone knows the main reason how truck accidents differ from car accidents: size. A large truck bearing down on a car driver, bicyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian usually has much more serious consequences.

From a legal standpoint and recovering compensation, however, truck accidents are much more complex. That is because in a truck accident case, you are usually not just taking action against a negligent driver.

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.

Why You Need To Take Action Quickly

Truck companies also have a web of state and federal regulations they must comply with. If you take quick action, our lawyers can start a quick investigation, which will help us secure crucial evidence that can strengthen your claim.

Most trucks are now equipped with "black box" data recorders that record speeds and hours of operation. Truckers must also keep logs of all of their activities. These can prove if a driver was working too many hours or driving recklessly.

If you wait too long, the driver and/or trucking company may dispose of these pieces of evidence, which can limit your attorney's ability to establish liability. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident is essential.

Contact The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A. Today

We invite you to schedule a free consultation at our office in Fayetteville by calling 910-779-3135. If you cannot come to us, we will travel across North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina to better serve you.