If you’re injured in a car accident in North Carolina, you might know who to contact to receive compensation. However, truck accidents operate differently. If you’re hit by a commercial vehicle, you might be surprised to learn that the driver isn’t always the only one responsible, and the situation can get even more complicated when the trucker’s insurance company gets involved. Here’s what you need to know about truck accidents.
What makes truck accidents different from car accidents?
One unusual aspect of truck accidents is that they can involve multiple guilty parties. When you’re involved in a car accident, the driver is typically the one responsible. But if you’re hit by a truck, the driver could be responsible as well as the loading company, the manufacturing company, the actual trucking company and more. You might end up suing multiple parties for compensation.
Additionally, when you’re hit by a passenger vehicle, you might have to deal with one attorney or a basic insurance company. However, trucking companies typically have multiple attorneys and large insurance policies to protect themselves in the event of an accident. Their attorneys and insurance companies may do everything in their power to avoid paying out a settlement. As a result, you might find it difficult to secure compensation.
Trucks are also much larger and harder to operate than cars, which can make it harder to prove that the driver was at fault. Even a minor accident can be catastrophic for the person in the passenger vehicle.
How might an attorney help you after a truck accident?
An attorney may help you navigate the complexities of truck accidents and receive the compensation that you deserve. Your attorney may help you fight back against the trucking company’s attorneys and insurance companies as well as work to prove that the truck driver was liable for the accident.