Although they may seem similar to car accidents, truck accidents belong in a category all by themselves. That’s because the likelihood of being severely injured in a truck accident is much, much higher than it is in an accident involving only passenger vehicles. The simplest explanation for that is physics: trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while even oversized SUVs and pickup trucks top out around 5,000 pounds.
When victims’ injuries are more severe, their payouts are often much greater. That’s why many truck accident claims are settled for significantly more money than car accident claims. In addition, more than one party may be at fault for a truck accident rather than just the driver, which is typically the case in car accidents.
For example, the truck driver may have been speeding before a crash, and his ability to slow down or avoid a collision may have been impaired because his truck was overloaded. To make matters worse, the truck he was driving may not have been serviced on a regular schedule and its brake were worn, making it even more difficult for him to avoid the crash. In crashes like these, victims may be able to sue three or more parties—the driver, the people who loaded the cargo, and the company that owns the truck—and get compensation from each.
At Ponce Law, we know the stakes are high after big truck accidents, and we have the track record of success that victims need after truck accidents that weren’t their fault. Contact our Nashville truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you and your family get the money you’re owed.