Posted by riversidecaraccidentlaw - April 4, 2017 9:45 am
Being involved in a crash with a big rig can have severe consequences in comparison with collisions involving smaller vehicles. Commercial vehicles are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. When they collide with a smaller car, trucks can cause great harm. Addressing the problems caused by an accident with a big rig can also be more difficult for the injured victims primarily due to extensive legal teams that are readily available for the insurance companies of commercial vehicles.
Insurance policies for big rigs are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), however these policies do not follow the same rules as policies required for passenger vehicles. Trucking companies are required to have commercial policies with more money available in case of an accident. With more compensation potentially available to injury victims, companies often employ a legal team to mount a vigorous defense in an effort to minimize the amount of compensation they pay to a truck accident victim.
The injuries that a person can sustain after being involved in a collision with a big rig driver tend to be more severe simply due to the sheer difference in mass between the vehicles. A commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and in comparison an average car weights between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds. Injured victims of big rig accidents commonly suffer severe injuries, including fractures, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, or even death.
If you are involved in a big rig accident, it is important to take the same steps you would in any other collision. Properly document all of your injuries with a medical professional and contact an experienced truck accident lawyer. Big rig crashes are more complex than other auto accidents, primarily due to the large body of laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. Having a lawyer by your side will ensure that you get the maximum compensation possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig crash, contact the experienced big rig accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi now by calling 951-223-8532. We offer 100% free consultations.