When a truck accident occurs involving a truck and a smaller vehicle, the individuals in the smaller vehicle can find themselves in a very dangerous situation because of the difference in the size of the two vehicles. For instance, three people were recently sent to the hospital due to injuries they suffered in a collision with a dump truck in Baltimore. Fortunately, despite the fact that dump trucks can weigh more than 25 times as much as a car, none of the individuals were reported as having life-threatening injuries.
With the increased potential for injuries in truck accidents, it is all the more important that individuals understand their options after the incident. If the truck driver's negligence caused the accident, the injured individuals can sue the truck driver to recover compensation for their injuries. The truck driver is considered negligent if the driver failed to follow the required duty of care on the road.
Trucking cases are unique in many ways, in addition to simply the size of vehicles involved. Another key difference is that individuals who are injured may be able to sue more defendants than in the typical car accident.
For starters, injured persons can sue the truck company that employed the driver, as that company will typically be held liable for their employee's negligence. There may also be others who can be sued as well, including contractors or insurance companies. This is important because the more persons or businesses that can be sued for the injury, the better the chance to recover the compensation the person so desperately needs for recovering from injuries.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "At least 3 injured in crash involving dump truck on Rt. 32 at 295," Jeff Long, April 24, 2014