Any time you have been involved in an accident, it can lead to months or sometimes even years of dealing with multiple parties to be fairly compensated. When you are involved in an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle, things only get more complicated.
WHY BEING INVOLVED IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT IS COMPLICATED
Commercial trucks can weigh up to 20-30 times what a standard passenger vehicle weighs. As a result, when commercial trucks become involved in accidents, the destruction is generally much more severe than that of a passenger vehicle accident. Passenger vehicles are more likely to be completely totaled in a truck accident and there is also a far higher likelihood of severe injury. It is also more rare for a truck accident to only involve one other part besides the truck. The more parties that are involved in an accident, the more complicated things become.
TRUCK ACCIDENTS ARE SCRUTINIZED MORE CAREFULLY
Commercial truck drivers have a number of additional restrictions placed on them that the drivers of private passenger vehicles do not. For instance, they are only allowed to drive a certain number of hours at a stretch and they have to take a certain number of mandatory breaks. Conversely, however, they are often under tight delivery deadlines. When delays happen, they may frequently cut down on the number or length of breaks that they take in order to meet their deadlines. When this results in an accident, however, insurance companies may attempt to blame the driver and refuse to cover the accident. This leaves all of the victims of the accident trying to regain compensation from the driver rather than the insurance company.
WHY YOU WANT TO CALL AN ORANGE COUNTY TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
The bottom line is, truck accidents are costly and no one wants to pay for them. Because truck accidents in and of themselves already involve multiple parties (the truck driver, the company they work for and the insurance company), each will play their own role in trying to prove they are not responsible for the damages. As soon as an accident occurs, it often triggers a type of shell game of buck-passing, with all parties attempting to place responsibility for the accident on someone else. An Orange County Truck Accident Attorney can help give you the muscle you need to ensure you are fairly compensated for the accident.