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How do truck accidents differ from other vehicle crashes?

Every accident involving a motor vehicle is one to be taken seriously. The amount of damage that can be done to the human body and to physical property can be staggering. The costs have to be paid, but the burden deserves to be borne by those most responsible for causing the pain, loss and suffering.

While every Texas motor vehicle accident holds the potential for serious harm, those involving 18-wheelers and other big truck rigs stand somewhat apart from others. They present a greater hazard because of their sizes and weights. At the same time, they also can differ from other crashes because of other factors.

For one thing, there is the element of commercial trucking law. Commercial truck drivers face tougher licensing requirements than drivers of private vehicles do. They also face a greater array of state and federal rules and regulations. If violation of any of one of those rules proves to be a factor in an accident that involves you, it could serve to influence the outcome of a personal injury claim.

The scope of potential liability also may be expanded in the event of a truck accident. The truck driver may be held accountable, of course. But the driver's status -- whether he or she is an employee or contractor of a trucking firm -- and whether the driver was operating within the scope of the duties of the job or not could affect resolution of the case. The employer and even the company that contracted the shipment of goods might be liable.

Of course, with every expansion of possible liability comes an expanded number of parties with an interest in how the case plays out. And each will likely have their own attorneys serving to protect their legal interests.

Your interests deserve just as much protection, and the only one who can ensure you get that protection is you. Contacting an attorney for help is always advised.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Law: What You Need to Know," accessed Sept. 4, 2015

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