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Why are truck accident cases different than car accident cases?
Chicago truck accident cases are different for many reasons.A crash may be caused by an 18 wheeler truck, tractor trailer truck, dump truck, semi truck, freight truck or a delivery truck. Accidents involving trucks usually result in much more serious injuries than if caused by a passenger automobile because of the difference in size. A fully loaded truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while the average car weighs around 3,000 pounds. Simple physics explains that a much heavier object will cause more damage to a lighter object.
Driving a truck is not the same as driving a car
There are also major differences between how trucks and cars operate. Maneuverability of a truck is often a contributing factor to a Chicago truck crash case. Trucks cannot change directions as quickly as a car, cannot make turns the same way a car can turn and have a much larger blind spot than cars.
Braking systems on trucks differ from cars
Trucks also have a different type of braking system which can cause a tractor trailer truck accident. Trucks have air brakes which control the braking of the tractor truck as well as the trailer. Air brakes can cause a truck to slide or jack-knife causing a truck accident. Finally, it takes much longer for a fully loaded truck to stop than it would a car. Even if a truck driver reacts to an emergency, it still takes the truck a longer time to stop than a car. Stopping distance often plays a role in Chicago truck accident cases.
McCready, Garcia & Leet has the experience to handle truck accident cases It is important to hire a law firm which is familiar with truck crash cases. Truck accident cases differ significantly from car accident cases. You need a law firm which recognizes this distinction. To learn more about your truck accident case, contact McCready, Garcia & Leet for a free no obligation consultation. We encourage you to interview several law firms before deciding on who you want to handle your case. Watch our videos, review our web site, talk to our lawyers and you'll learn why our clients are so satisfied with our representation. To learn more about cases involving truck accidents, see the topics below.