Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | February 4th, 2016

Truck accidents are like car accidents in they both involve two colliding vehicles. However, that’s where the similarities end. In a car accident, there are clear parties involved. More than likely, both drivers have insurance, neither are professional drivers, and no major corporation has an interest in the outcome. There are generally only two parties involved, making the process of recovering damages clear.

In a truck accident, there are more players in the game. There’s the owner/operator of the truck who hit you. He has insurance of his own, but is also probably insured by the trucking company he represents. There’s the trucking company that’s looking to get out of the accident with as little financial burden as possible. Then there’s the insurance companies representing both, which have an even greater desire to settle for little to no money if possible.

All of these players have a responsibility to the accident victim, but which do you pursue for the damage to your car? Which should pay your medical bills? Is someone liable for your pain and suffering, and if so, which one? The truth is truck accidents are complex, which is why you should never try to take on the trucking company alone.

An experienced truck accident attorney knows how to navigate the complexities of a truck accident case. We deal with trucking companies and the insurance companies that represent them on a daily basis and can work on your behalf to make sure your rights are protected. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, call our Norfolk truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation.