Just by looking at them, most Pittsburgh residents can tell that a large truck colliding with a car would in most cases cause extensive damage to the smaller vehicle. This is largely a matter of physics, as a truck going as fast as a car has a lot more momentum. In any event though, the size difference also means the driver of a car is more likely to suffer serious injuries or even die after a truck accident.
In many ways, though, truck accidents and car accidents are investigated in the same way. For the injured person or his or her family, the issue is always whether the other driver's negligence caused the accident. If the answer is "yes," then the other driver may owe compensation for the injured person's costs. These costs not only include lost wages and medical bills but also include harder to quantify things like pain and suffering or the loss of the ability to enjoy life.
Moreover, truck accidents many times have similar causes as those of car accidents. Usually, when our law office is investigating a crash, we are looking for signs of negligence such as a speeding violation or other traffic infraction. We also try to determine if the truck driver was distracted, fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We also focus on the safety of the vehicles and, specifically, try to determine if the truck itself was working properly.
Even though are some similarities to car accidents, it also important for Pennsylvania residents to remember that trucking companies often have the backing of large insurance companies with lots of legal and financial resources. In some cases, a large trucking company may even have its own legal team to handle accident claims. Someone who has suffered an injury or loss because of a truck accident would therefore be well-advised to consider getting a determined an experienced advocate for their case.