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When it comes to handling big rig accident cases, several differences need to be considered. Many trucks are commercial vehicles owned by a company, and if the truck driver who caused the crash was acting in the course and scope of his employment, his employer is also liable.
Also, some big rigs are owned by municipalities or other government agencies, making a truck accident case more complicated. The laws of one state might be applied, while federal laws may be applied if the trucking company was involved in interstate commerce.
Another issue that makes truck accidents different is that many drivers do not follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's instructions regarding mandatory resting hours. The lack of regular maintenance and inspection or required insurance are also big differences between truck accidents and passenger car accidents.
Big rig accidents result in greater damages compared to passenger vehicle collisions and are more likely to occur. Also, trucking companies are less willing to accept liability, and they have the necessary means to hire highly qualified defense lawyers. Therefore, you need the legal support of an experienced and determined truck accident attorney who can efficiently handle complex trucking accident cases.
For quality legal representation, please contact our personal injury attorneys of Sacramento & Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm by calling 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.
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