Large truck accidents can be nothing short of catastrophic for victims. Large truck accidents, or commercial vehicle accidents, refer to accidents involving trucks that are used for a commercial purpose such as in the course of business or to transport goods commercially. Semi-trucks, delivery trucks, freight trucks, tanker trucks, cement trucks, dump trucks and other types of large trucks are all generally considered commercial vehicles. Because of their size and purpose, an accident with a large truck can result in devastation for victims.
In general, most large trucks weigh over 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger vehicle weights 3,000 pounds. As a result, victims may suffer serious and disabling injuries or even death when in a truck accident. It is important to be aware, then, that victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a truck accident, but you may wonder who they can recover damages from.
Depending on the circumstances, victims may be able to recover damages from a negligent truck driver or the trucking company. The relationship between the truck driver and the trucking company is important to determining if the victim can pursue a claim for damages against the truck company.
The amount of damages depends on the unique circumstances of each accident, and the ability to recover damages at all also depends on the circumstances of the truck accident. In any event, because of the serious nature of truck accidents, it is always important for victims to be familiar with their options if they are left facing the aftermath of a large truck accident.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Truck Accident FAQ," Accessed Dec. 6, 2016