By Intern: Aramis Ramos with Tramontozzi Law Offices
Fact: The Average 18-wheeler weighs 80,000 pounds or 40 tons.
Fact: On average a large personal automobile is 4,000 pounds or less.
What does this mean for those in passenger cars?
Well, that 74,000-pound difference often leads to devastating results when the two meet in a collision. “Big trucks” are a category of trucks, such as, 18-wheelers, cement trucks, garbage trucks, and buses, to name a few. All the extra tonnage that comes with big trucks lead to much deadlier accidents. In 2017 68% of fatal car accidents involved big trucks. Injuries from a big truck can include but are limited to:
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal Cord injury
- Broken Bones
- Internal Bleeding
- and Death
When involved in accident with big truck the injured person, or if deceased, their family, can file a lawsuit against the negligent driver and/or the company they work for. It is wise to have an attorney begin negotiations with them, as these companies have resources typical drivers do not. You may be entitled to compensation for the objective values of the things covered in your PIP, (see our blog on PIP) and subjective values, like pain and suffering or emotional damage. With big truck accidents many parties involved in the truck’s daily work from employees, owners, companies, and employers can be held liable for the damages, the company’s insurance is there to cover that liability. From these higher risks of damages, come bigger insurance policies that these big trucks must have over the normal policies of the average driver. The trucking companies and those in the industry know there is risk for big potential payouts from their insurance the parties involved, they will try to blame one another and leave the victim confused as to where to start. Start with Tramontozzi Law Office where we will work tirelessly to ensure you get every penny of compensation that your case is worth. We will deal with the parties involved, gather evidence, and get you the compensation you deserve.