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The legal implications of a truck accident versus a car accident

Being involved in a truck accident can be devastating for any Alabama resident. There are a lot of differences between truck accidents and car accidents, and it may be a good idea to consult a lawyer if you have questions about what to do next.

Truck accidents are much different than car accidents

There are many legal considerations that come into play when you’re involved in an accident involving a truck. Liability isn’t always clear. The liable party might include the truck driver, the trucking company, a manufacturer or someone else.

Trucking is heavily regulated

The trucking industry is heavily regulated by state and federal governments. As a layperson, you are probably not familiar with all of those regulations. A lawyer will know what to look into and what questions to ask to determine the factors involved in your truck accident case.

They may investigate the accident

If necessary, your lawyer may investigate the accident as well as any matters that led up to it. For example, many trucking accidents occur as a result of driver negligence, but there are other cases where an accident occurs for reasons beyond their control such as poor road conditions.

Handling insurance companies

Insurance policies covering trucking companies are much different from those covering individual drivers of passenger vehicles. It could be tricky for an injured person to maneuver when dealing with such insurance. Attorneys, on the other hand, generally have more experience handling all types of insurance companies and policies.

You may have serious injuries

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment. You may be unable to do many things that most people take for granted if your injuries are severe, and hiring a lawyer could alleviate some of the stress of dealing with your case.

Injuries stemming from truck accidents can be life-changing. You may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages.

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