When an accident occurs between a commercial truck and a car, the damages can be catastrophic, most of the times even fatal.
Many things can go wrong when large commercial transport trucks carry unsecured loads, have defective equipment or are not driven safely.
Truck vs. car accident statistics show that each year there are around 4,5K large truck accidents involved in fatal crashes.
Among the 8,114 commercial motor vehicle crashes on Miami-Dade roads during a three-year period, 18 involved fatalities. In 98% of the truck-related crashes, victims were the driver or vehicle occupants of a passenger car.
Here, at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, our Miami truck accident attorney represents victims of truck vs. car accidents on a regular basis and we have a proven track record of success regarding these cases. You can contact us for a free initial evaluation.
Truck vs. Car: Does It Matter in the Event of a Crash?
Some people believe they will be safer in a passenger car, while others think that a truck is safer in the event of a crash.
The majority of passenger vehicles have similar sizes including sedans and sports vehicles. Minivans and SUVs may sometimes be considered passenger vehicles while other times they may be classified as light trucks. However, large commercial transport trucks come in all shapes and sizes including heavy-duty pickups, semi-trailers, box trucks, and more.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, because passenger cars have less structure and size to absorb crash energy, they have a higher crash force and can be easily crushed, run off the road, or destroyed head-on. A truck can weigh up to 80K pounds, while a car weighs merely 3K pounds and, logically, the smaller vehicle experiences most of the damages.
In the event of a crash between a light vehicle and a heavier vehicle, more damage will occur to the lightest weight vehicle. The outcome for vehicle occupants involved in big rig-related collisions is often fatal and catastrophic.
Types of Truck vs. Car Accidents
There are many different types of truck vs. car accidents, including:
- Head-on crashes
- Rear-end collisions
- Jackknife accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Truck underrides
- Runaway trailers
Furthermore, blind spot accidents are common as many heavy trucks have what is referred to as a "no-zone." These are areas around the truck where a truck driver may not be able to spot a car and may collide with it much more easily. Often, passenger car drivers hang out in the blind spot of a heavy truck, placing their lives at risk in the event of a collision between the two types of vehicles.
A significant number of collisions may be caused by transport trucks in poor operating condition. Faulty brakes, damaged axles, blown tires or detached wheels, defective hitches and unsecured loads are just some of the many factors in truck crash cases. At times, unsecured loads or truck equipment flying into the path of other vehicles produced catastrophic outcomes.
Who Can be Held Responsible for a Truck Crash in Miami?
In order to reach a fair settlement, you should name all parties who could share responsibility for the crash, for example, the truck driver and the transportation company they work for. Under the respondeat superior doctrine, the employer is directly liable for any act committed by the employees in the course and purpose of their work.
In order to hold a truck company liable for serious injuries you've suffered in a truck vs. car accident in Miami, a few elements must be present:
- The truck driver must have been doing his job under his employer's instructions
- The employer must have been in a position to control the employee's activity
- The employee's actions must have occurred within the purpose of his work duties
Who Will Pay for the Damages?
If the truck company is indeed responsible for the truck accident you have suffered, its insurance will then pay for all damages. These companies are well aware of the risk of truck accidents in Miami today and when they do happen, they can be held liable. That is the reason why they are insured, trucking is a very competitive field and companies operate under tight profit margins so, each year, companies pay insurance carriers to protect themselves. If you decide to file a claim, the matter is already in the hands of the truck company's insurer.
Contact Sean M. Cleary, Miami Car Accident Attorney
You have to know that each accident that involves a truck is different and if you want to have the best chance of recovering money, you must understand all aspects involved in filing a personal injury claim.
Don't let others take advantage of you just because you're unfamiliar with the process of claiming what is rightfully yours and contact our Miami truck accident attorney at 305.416.9805 for a free case evaluation.