How Truck Accidents and Car Accidents Differ

Crash between a truck and small car

A crash involving a big truck can result in big injuries. A tractor trailer crash will likely result in more significant injuries than a car crash involving the same location, same angle of impact, and same speed at impact.

Some of these tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.  A tractor trailer takes longer to stop—especially when traveling at highway speeds—compared to a car.  It, therefore, is not surprising to learn that the force applied to the occupants of the passenger car involved in the crash is significant.

But the resulting injuries are not the only differing factor between a truck crash and a car crash.  The investigation following a truck crash is typically much more in depth and must be done very quickly in order to preserve the proper evidence. 

Who Investigates the Truck Accident First Is Vital

It is not uncommon for a truck driver to call his employer, the trucking company, immediately following a crash so that the company can start an investigation.  In fact, I have been involved in tractor-trailer cases where the truck driver called his boss before he called the police!

The trucking company is usually trained to then call its insurance company, who will send out an accident reconstruction team to the scene of the crash within hours. This can have a big impact on your case. The truck company’s reconstructionist will get the first view of what happened and certainly won’t ask the questions to prove your case.

What if there are skid marks that support your theory of the case and the truck company’s guy doesn’t photograph it? This is why it is crucial that you seek representation immediately following your tractor-trailer accident. If you hire an attorney right away, your attorney can get a reconstructionist out to the scene too.

A Truck Accident Attorney Will Assure that Evidence Isn't Lost or Destroyed by the Trucking Company

I have also seen situations where the trucking company has repaired the involved tractor-trailer and put it back in service right away.  This too can have huge effects on your case. If the truck is repaired and is put back in use, it is nearly impossible for your attorney to later prove that there was something wrong with the truck at the time of the crash.

If you hire an attorney right after the crash, your attorney can demand that the trucking company preserve the condition of the truck until it can be inspected; that is, the trucking company will not be allowed to repair the truck and potentially get rid of the problem.

Don't Let The Insurance Company Have The Last Word In Your Case

If an attorney is hired immediately following a truck crash, there are other crucial pieces of evidence that can be properly preserved before it is too late, like the truck driver’s logbooks, the condition of the roadway at the time of the crash, and any surveillance videos that may have captured the crash as it happened.

To protect yourself, and your family, contact the tractor-trailer accident attorneys of Tapella & Eberspacher as soon as possible following a crash. We have offices in Charleston, IL, and St. Louis, MO, and we're proud to serve all of Illinois and Missouri. If you've been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, it's vital that you hire a lawyer to protect your rights. Call us today at (217) 394-5885 or fill out the contact form on this page for a free, confidential analysis of your situation.