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The Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Friday October 8, 2021.

Truck accidents tend to cause more property damage and more severe injuries than car accidents, and the party legally responsible for a truck accident is usually the company that owns the truck and employs the driver.

Many of the major risks for car accidents are the same no matter what kind of vehicles are involved. Distracted driving, excessive speed, and poor visibility on the road make collisions more likely whether you are driving a car, truck, motorcycle, bus, or any other kind of motor vehicle. Despite this, accidents that involve two cars tend to play out in different ways from accidents involving a commercial truck. If you have been in a recent truck accident contact the Tulsa truck accident lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker.

Where Car and Truck Accidents Happen

Truck accidents only happen in places where commercial trucks drive. This means that they can happen on major urban roads and the parking lots of businesses that receive shipments of merchandise by truck. The majority of truck accidents happen on interstate highways, which is where commercial trucks spend most of their travel time. In other words, the accidents that happen when one car runs a stop sign at a four-way stop in a residential neighborhood almost never involve trucks.

The Damage Caused in Car and Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are much bigger than cars, and the damage they cause is proportional to their size. Truck accidents are much more likely to cause fatalities and serious injuries than accidents in which all the vehicles involved are cars. They are also more likely to shut down multiple lanes of traffic on the highway. Part of the reason for this is that, since trucks are so big and tend to drive on crowded interstate highways, they have a much greater chance of causing a chain reaction crash. Occasionally, truck accidents can lead to multi-vehicle pile-ups involving dozens of cars.

Legal Liability for Car and Truck Accidents

Whether the vehicle that struck your car and caused your injuries was a car or a truck, a personal injury lawyer can help you get the money you need to cover your medical bills, either from the insurance companies of the legally responsible parties or through a personal injury lawsuit. In car accident cases, the defendant is usually the driver who caused the accident. If the driver did not own the car they were driving, you can also name the owner of the car as a defendant, since the owner is legally responsible for damage caused by their property. By contrast, in a truck accident, the legally responsible party is the company for which the truck driver was working at the time of the accident.

Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker About Truck Accidents

A personal injury lawyer can help you if you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident or truck accident. Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker in Tulsa, Oklahoma or call (405)886-9660.