What makes truck accidents in West Virginia complex?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Commercial truck accidents |

If you’re involved in a truck accident, you may be wondering what to do next. These types of accidents can be complex, and it is important to understand why.

Trucks operate differently than other vehicles on the road

Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, which is much heavier than the average passenger car. This weight difference can cause serious damage in an accident. For instance, a truck may be more likely to crush a smaller car in an accident. Trucks also have large blind spots. The driver of a truck may not be able to see a smaller car in their blind spot, which can lead to an accident.

Another difference is that trucks take longer to stop than other vehicles. This is due to the truck’s weight and the fact that it takes longer for the truck’s braking system to engage.

They’re governed by different rules and regulations

Trucks are subject to different rules and regulations than other vehicles on the road. These rules and regulations are set by the federal government and are designed to help keep truck drivers and other motorists safe. Some of these regulations include:

  • The truck driver must have a valid commercial trucking permit.
  • The driver must comply with hours-of-service regulations.
  • The truck must pass a safety inspection.

Trucking companies have their own insurance policies

Trucking companies are often required to carry insurance that covers the truck and the truck driver. This insurance is designed to protect the trucking company in case of an accident. However, it is important to note that this insurance does not always cover the full extent of the damages caused by a truck accident. In many cases, trucking companies will try to minimize their liability by offering a low settlement to the victim of an accident.

There are often multiple parties involved

In a truck accident, there may be the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck’s manufacturer and the cargo company all named liable in a claim. Each of these parties will likely have their own insurance policies that cover different aspects of the accident. This can make it difficult to determine who is responsible for the damages.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is important to understand these factors before you attempt to file a claim. Doing so can help you ensure that you are fully compensated for the damages you have suffered.