Car accidents and truck accidents both can result in injuries and personal injury lawsuits, but truck accidents often lead to more serious injuries and complex lawsuits, for a variety of reasons. Truck accidents also are likely to be more fatal than car accidents. Therefore, when you are hiring an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case, you should take the time to find an attorney who has experience in handling truck accident cases.
First, the sheer size of semi-trucks dwarfs regular passenger vehicles. As a result, the impact of an accident with a large tractor-trailer is likely to be much greater than with a vehicle that is closer to your vehicle’s size. A passenger vehicle or motorcycle simply cannot measure up to the size of a large commercial vehicle and do not have adequate safety features that would protect an individual from the impact of such a collision. Likewise, when a semi-truck strikes a pedestrian, he or she is much more likely to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
Next, there are significant evidence issues that exist in truck accident cases that do not exist in regular car accident cases. Commercial truck drivers are subject to extensive federal regulations that require limits on consecutive driving and resting hours, logging of all work-related activities, and routine inspections of trucks. Semi-trucks are also equipped with black boxes that record information that could be essential to your personal injury case, such as speed and braking. Given this potentially crucial evidence, it is necessary to engage the services of a personal injury attorney as early as possible following the accident. Otherwise, necessary evidence could be lost.
When you are involved in a truck accident, medical expenses are likely to be a substantial and unexpected cost that you may be ill-equipped to handle. In this situation, you may wish to pursue a personal injury case, which can entitle you to various types of damages from the responsible party or parties. To find out more information about whether you have a valid personal injury claim, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan today.