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Why is liability determined differently for a truck accident vs. a car accident?

If you’re involved in a truck accident, it’s likely that your injuries will be more serious than if you were in a car accident. Not only are truck accidents are severe, they’re also more complicated. It can be difficult to determine who’s liable for the crash, and investigators must gather many more types of evidence to prove the at-fault party. Liability in a truck accident

Truck Accidents Are More Severe

Injuries and damages sustained in an accident with a semi-truck may be worse than injuries you might suffer in a typical car crash. This is because smaller vehicles are more susceptible to damage when hit by a large truck—whose size can be more than 20 to 30 times that of a passenger vehicle. The sheer mass of a semi-truck creates opportunity for serious injuries, permanent disability, and even death.

Many Entities Could Be Liable

Truck accident investigations are complicated because many different agents could have a hand in the cause of the accident, including:

  • The driver. It’s possible that the truck driver was negligent in some way. Perhaps he operated his semi while drunk or distracted, or he may have driven recklessly by speeding or following too closely to the car in front of him.
  • The trucking company. The trucking company is responsible for keeping trucks in safe, working order, and it must also ensure that drivers are complying with federal hours of service regulations. Failure to do so may contribute to an accident.
  • The cargo loaders. Improper loading of a semi-truck can contribute to an accident. If a large truck must stop suddenly or negotiate a difficult turn, imbalanced weight of cargo in a trailer can cause an accident.

Evidence in a Trucking Accident

When a truck accident investigation begins, attorneys, trucking companies, and insurance agencies examine and investigate many different types of evidence, including:

  • The cargo
  • The truck and its key systems such as breaking, steering, and GPS
  • The main cabin and its contents
  • The driver’s journey and time logs
  • The driver’s history, including his driving record the extent of his training

Enlist Competent Legal Help Today

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, an experienced attorney can help you navigate and understand the investigation process following the crash. The attorneys at Duffy & Feemster can help you with your case. Get in contact with us today by calling (888) 707-1197.


Dwight T. Feemster
Dwight is a civil and criminal attorney in Georgia.

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