Car accidents often result in serious injuries, but all car accidents are not the same. Indeed, accidents involving 18-wheelers are often more devastating, and even fatal. That was the case in a recent fatal truck accident in Phelps County, Missouri on December 13, 2015.
Three killed in head-on collision with truck
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, an 18-wheeler was allegedly driving too fast in the rainy weather when he lost control of his tractor-trailer truck on I-44 and crossed the median barrier. He ultimately traveled into the eastbound lanes of traffic and struck the victim’s SUV head-on. All three passengers of the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.
Different laws apply to truck accident cases
Truck accident cases are very different from simply automobile accident cases for many reasons. The first difference is that the laws applicable to truck accident cases are different. There are various rules and regulations, both state and federal, which govern both truck drivers and trucking companies.
Different entities may be liable
Another important difference is the parties that are involved in truck accident litigation. Most often there are more parties involved than just the drivers. For example, in the fatal crash in Phelps County, the owner of the truck and/or the trucking company for which the driver worked, may also be responsible in some way for the wreck.
Truck accident case can be more complex
From the very beginning of a truck accident case, the way it must be handled is quite different from a basic auto accident case. The insurance issues are more complicated, as well as the federal and state laws and regulations governing commercial transport vehicles. There are certain regulations that govern the trucking industry, as whole. There are actually regulations that deal with the licensing of commercial drivers; the maximum number of consecutive hours of service that can be worked; and weight, size and route restrictions that apply to this industry.
Truck accidents usually result in more serious injuries and property damage.
Truck accidents often lead to more serious injuries. The sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler is a source of significant injury to the passengers of the other vehicle. Catastrophic injuries are a common result, because of the violent shaking of the occupants in a vehicle at the point of impact.
In many cases, internal injuries from trucking accidents can go undetected for several days following an accident. These injuries typically require a visit to a health care provider in order to be discovered and diagnosed. Internal injuries, which are also common, can be very dangerous because they can quickly develop into more serious conditions. In addition to the above internal injuries from a motor vehicle accident, victims may also suffer bruising to various internal organs.
If you have questions regarding trucking accidents, or any other personal injury concerns, call the Cottrell Law Office at (888) 433-4861.
He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.
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