Regardless of whether you or someone you know has been involved in a truck or car accident, both types are frightening and can be life-threatening to drivers and passengers. What’s more, the number of car and truck-related accidents are on the rise.

While truck accidents and car accidents share several similarities, they also have their differences:

  1. Most Common Causes
  2. Number of Fatal Injuries
  3. Accident Locations
  4. Lawyers Approach Them Differently

Whether you are in need of a Nashville truck accident lawyer or car accident lawyer after suffering from an injury, Meyers Injury Law is equipped to handle both. Request a free consultation today. 

Most Common Causes

A vehicle accident can occur for a multitude of different reasons, but data has revealed not only the most common culprits behind trucking accidents and car accidents but also how they differ.

  • Truck Accidents: Following another vehicle too closely, distracted driving, and mechanical failures caused more truck-related accidents than passenger vehicle accidents.
  • Car Accidents: Contrary to popular belief, driving under the influence and fatigue were more likely to be the causes of car accidents rather than truck-related accidents. In fact, accidents that resulted from driver fatigue were 2x times more common in car drivers than truck drivers.

Number of Fatal Injuries

The possibility that you could sustain a fatal injury from either a car accident or trucking accident is, unfortunately, a reality. Both types of accidents can result in internal bleeding, spinal and brain damage, and fatal head injuries. Still, statistics show a difference in the severity of truck accidents and car accidents:

  • Truck Accidents: 97% of all crash deaths involving a large truck were the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
  • Car Accidents: 46% of car crashes involving two vehicles were fatal, while 61% of car crashes involving a large truck were fatal.

Accident Locations

With the U.S. trucking industry moving shipments across the country, and with most speed limits on interstates and highways allowing speeds between 55 and 75 miles per hour, it is fair to assume that most trucking-related crashes happen on major roads. However, serious trucking-related accidents commonly occur elsewhere.

  • Truck Accidents: In 2020, a larger number of truck occupant deaths occurred in rural areas than in urban areas; 74% of deaths were reported in rural areas, compared to 26% in urban areas.
  • Car Accidents: More than 50% of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, especially when a car is hit on the side (or T-boned) by a truck.

Lawyers Approach Them Differently

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving another passenger vehicle or a semi-truck, hiring a lawyer fast is pivotal. But you need to know that a personal injury case for a car crash and a personal injury case for a truck-related crash will be handled differently.

Call Chad at Meyers Injury Law in Nashville for a free consultation to discuss your situation.