Although they share a lot of similarities, truck accidents are not the same as car accidents. Drivers or operators of commercial vehicles used to transport people or goods, such as semi-trucks, are known as “common carriers” and are held to higher standards and subject to more laws and regulations than regular drivers. Because of the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks (also known as 18-wheelers, semi-trailers, or tractor trailer trucks), accidents involving them often cause significant injuries and result in fatalities.
Also, with truck accidents, there can often be many different liable parties, such as the driver, the employer of the driver, the truck maintenance company, the manufacturer of the truck, the owner of the truck, among others. There is also often a lot of evidence that can be obtained to prove the truck driver was liable for an accident, but you have to know what to ask for and you have to ask for it quickly before it is lost or destroyed. This is why you should seriously consider hiring a good personal injury attorney with experience handling truck accidents.