Commercial truck drivers have to observe a strict code of State and Federal regulations. In addition, there are third party owners that might share the financial pay downs after an accident with a semi-rig. This makes a commercial truck accident unique in its personal injury cases. Cases like this might have a very different outcome of when compared to personal injury cases with standard vehicles.
The multiple defendant issue
Commercial trucks have to follow codes on the length of a Driver’s shift allowance without any rest, the limit on the truck’s cargo weights and quality control of the truck parts. These are just a fraction of the associated conduct regulations that are re-verified in the event of a commercial truck accident. Click here to know more of such regulation standards. For instance, suppose the accident involved a semi-truck driver’s negligence but also a faulty truck part. In this case, the driver and manufacturer of the part will share the blame. The exact proportions of how much each defendant has to pay will depend on their proportions of the blame. Since, this is rarely solved outside; you should expect such personal injury cases to go towards trial more often than settlement.
The Higher insurance limit – bigger settlement amounts
Commercial trucks have an imposed higher minimum limit on their insurances. In a standard personal injury case, the settlement is decided based on the defendant’s payment capacity or the maximum limit on their insurances. In case of commercial truck accidents, even in the event that the defendant carried the minimum limit amount the plaintiff will still have a larger settlement.
Higher time consumption
Commercial accident cases often run longer than standard vehicle accident cases, especially in multi defendant cases. However, the plaintiff might shorten the time by suing each defendant separately instead of together. These issues are based on the event that the semi truck was at-fault and the plaintiff suffered severe damages due to the accident. You can read more on examples of commercial truck accidents and personal injury cases on this website.