Car accidents are complex, but when a commercial vehicle is involved these accidents become even more difficult to parse who’s at fault. Fortunately, you can prepare yourself by knowing what to expect after this stressful event. Here’s a closer look at how trucking accidents are often different from crashes involving smaller cars.
The number of parties involved
Standard automobile collisions usually involve two parties. However, when discussing crashes involving trucks, things can be much worse. Because commercial trucks are such large vehicles, an accident can cause these vehicles to hit many other automobiles. If an accident involves many parties, litigation could become a complicated process.
Dealing with a commercial insurance provider
After motor vehicle accidents, each party involved typically does a lot of speaking with insurance providers. This process still happens after a trucking accident takes place. However, it’s important to understand that a trucking company’s insurance provider is on the side of the company that hired them, not yours. Because of that, it’s not uncommon for the insurance provider of a trucking company to do anything to send you a low payout.
Trucks operate in a different manner
It’s understandable to assume that large trucks and smaller automobiles operate in the same way. But that’s not the case. For instance, it takes much more time to stop a large truck than it would to fully stop a smaller automobile. Commercial truck drivers must also operate a complex gear system. Trucks are also much heavier than other automobiles, which makes them complex to operate.