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Truck Accidents

Truck accidents involving commercial carriers such as semi-trucks are more complicated than auto accidents. There are important steps that you need to take right away to preserve evidence at the scene. Be sure to secure the truck’s data recording device or “black box.”

Commercial carriers are only required to carry a minimum of $300,000 in liability insurance if the vehicle weighs less than 10,000 lbs. You might find that surprising. The minimum is only $750,000 for vehicles weighing over 10,000 lbs. Truck accidents can cause huge losses and serious bodily injuries that will not be adequately covered by such low limits of liability. It is important to find out what liability limits the carrier has under its policy. Fortunately, we find that many commercial carriers have million, or multi-million, dollar policy limits.  Often, the carrier is able to pay damages in excess of policy limits. Yet, this is not always the case.

Low Impact Truck Accidents Just as Dangerous

Even a low impact truck accident can cause significant personal injuries. The truck may weigh tens of thousands of pounds. The energy transferred to the occupant of a car is much greater than an impact with a passenger vehicle. The same is true in low impact train accidents. Often, it takes an expert’s scientific opinion to convince the commercial carrier’s insurer that the injuries were caused by a low impact accident.

Commercial carriers are governed by additional laws and regulations preventing them from driving for too long of a period without rest. They also may not travel with too much weight onboard. There are many other restrictions that the average person may know nothing about. These laws and regulations provide opportunities for establishing liability on the commercial carrier.

If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial carrier, you need Garrison Law Firm.

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Chris Garrison

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