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The Difference between Truck Accidents & Car Accidents


If you were recently injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligence and recklessness of a commercial driver, the process of recovering compensation is much different compared to car accidents. Furthermore, there are a variety of factors in a truck accident that does not apply to a regular motor vehicle collision.

The main difference between truck accidents and car accidents include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Contributing factors – While both truck and car accidents often involve human error, such as distracted driving or fatigued driving, collisions involving trucks may also implicate the trucking company. For example, if a truck accident is caused by mechanical failure, the company may be blamed for failing to properly maintain the massive vehicle.
  2. Special licensing – To be qualified to operate a commercial truck, a driver must undergo specialized training not only drive a truck but also transport the goods loaded on the truck. For example, a commercial driver needs to have a special license and use specific routes to transport hazardous materials. If a truck driver doesn’t have a special license or fails to use the designated routes, and he or she causes a crash, then negligence is quite evident.
  3. Injuries – Due to the enormous size of commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, their momentum and weight can result in more devastating accidents and more severe injuries.
  4. Compensation – Again, since multiple parties may be responsible for a truck accident, an injured party may seek monetary damages from those parties.

If you were injured after getting involved in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker in New Jersey, request a free consultation from our Woodbridge injury attorney at Palmisano & Goodman, P.A. today.