Written by attorney Donald Joseph Banovitz

Major Differences Between a Truck Accident Claim and a Car Accident Claim

Although cars and trucks are both vehicles, their outcomes of an accident can be very different. There are many factors that affect truck accidents that do not factor into car accidents at all. Plus, the claims processes are different. Here are some major difference between a truck accident claim and car accident claim:

The Severity of Injuries

Trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while cars are about 3,000 pounds. Therefore, the difference between an accident with a truck and an accident with a car is great. Truck accidents can cause severe injuries and are more likely to result in fatalities. Therefore, the compensation awarded in a truck accident claim is often a much higher amount than what would be rewarded in a car accident claim.

The Cause of the Accident

Because trucks are much bigger than cars, they often have issues with blind spots and seeing other vehicles. Because they often have problems with braking, acceleration, and loads, these factors can all contribute to more serious accidents. Cars, on the other hand, are more likely to cause accidents due to inattention, distractions, and negligence.


When two cars are in an accident and the other party is at fault, you would likely file a car accident claim against the other driver. However, liability can be a bit more complicated in a truck accident claim. Liability may not fall solely on the truck driver. The truck driver’s company and the manufacturer of the ruck may also be to blame. If the truck driver is an independent contractor, placing blame can be even more difficult. However, a Denver truck accident lawyer can find ways to help you determine liability.

The Accident Scene

When a truck accident occurs, the advantage of a trucking company is that they can dispatch lawyers immediately to assess the scene. They can gather evidence by taking photos and interviewing eyewitnesses, giving them an advantage in a truck accident claim. Those involved in car accidents often do not have instant access to a lawyer.

Truck Records

There are limits as to how many hours a truck driver can drive each day in order to avoid fatigue. However, to keep drivers on the road for longer periods of time and earn more money, many trucking companies falsify records. This does not factor in a car accident claim. An experienced Denver truck accident lawyer can help uncover false records and create a stronger case against the truck driver and the trucking company.

Contacting a Lawyer

If you or a loved one was involved in a truck or car accident and suffered injuries, you need the skills and knowledge of a personal injury lawyer to help you recover compensation. Contact the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz. He is a Denver truck accident lawyer who can help you file a car accident claim or truck accident claim. Contact him today at (303) 300-5060 and request your free booklet, 7 Costly Mistakes that can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case.

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