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I Was Involved in an Accident With a Commercial Vehicle or Truck, Now What?

Car accident

All car accidents have the potential to be catastrophic, something that is especially true when commercial vehicles or trucks are involved. These vehicles are massive and can easily weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs (or 40 tons). Combine their sheer volume with the speed at which they usually travel, and you’re looking at a disastrous combination.

Victims of accidents involving commercial trucks often have to deal with serious injuries that can impact them for the rest of their lives. This is why it is important that they work fast to try and secure any compensation that is owed, especially as medical bills begin stacking up. For this post, we’re offering general information about commercial vehicle and trucks accident along with a few pointers to keep in mind. As always, remember to reach out to us directly at the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis if you’re looking for more customized or in-depth advice.

Identifying Different Types of Commercial Vehicle

While out an about, drivers come across different types of commercial vehicles on a daily basis. These can include:

  • 18-wheelers
  • Big rigs
  • Mail delivery trucks (Fedex, USPS, etc.)
  • Garbage trucks and dump trucks
  • Industrial trucks
  • Tractor trailers

Commercial vehicle and truck accidents unfold in a variety of different ways. Common accident types that involve commercial vehicles include rear-end collisions at intersections, t-bone or head-on collisions, accidents caused by loose cargo or unsecured trailers, and more. These types of accidents are very serious and often lead to injuries such as fractured bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and even death.

Who is Liable in Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles?

Determining liability in an accident that involves a commercial vehicle or truck is often challenging due to the number of parties that are involved. At times, the owner of the trailer or vehicle is liable, while other times the trucking company itself is ultimately responsible for the accident due to neglect or poor hiring and labor practices. When it comes to accidents involving commercial vehicles or trucks, your best bet is to discuss the details of the accident with a qualified legal professional, someone who can help protect your ensures and lead the fight towards securing what is rightfully yours.

If you want to learn more, and to schedule a free initial consultation with a trusted personal injury attorney, be sure to call us directly at the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis.