The Difference Between Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Accidents in Arizona
If you are in an accident the shock and distress you feel will likely be so overwhelming that you are probably not thinking about if your accident was with a commercial vehicle or a private vehicle. You are also likely not concerning yourself about the difference between how a personal injury claim is put together with a commercial vehicle versus a private vehicle. This is understandable. The reality is though, there is a significant difference between commercial and private traffic accidents, and when you work with an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to approach each, you can be sure that your claim will be handled properly and put together for the most amount of compensation.
The Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG offer vast experience helping clients with their Arizona personal injury claims. The Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG know how to manage both commercial and private traffic incidents and fight diligently to ensure that victims receive all of the money for the damages they incurred from their Arizona traffic accident. Consultations take very little time, and they are always free. The Phoenix commercial truck accident attorneys at ELG offer remote intake and have Spanish speaking, bilingual lawyers to accommodate all victims of injury accidents in Arizona.
How Are Commercial Accidents Different from Accidents with Private Passenger Cars?
Every day both commercial accidents and those between private passenger vehicles happen. The aftermath of these accidents ranges from mild to catastrophic and even deadly. In 2019, there were approximately 38,800 deaths from automobile accidents across the country. These deaths were from both commercial and private vehicular collisions. The following information describes the differences between the two types of accidents:
Commerical accidents can involve various sized automobiles but many are very large. Massive commercial trucks, for instance, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be as long as 53 feet. Due to their huge size and heavy weight, these vehicles inflict tremendous damages when they collide with substantially smaller passenger vehicles. Additionally, it takes much more time for a large vehicle that is traveling at highway speeds to come to slow its momentum and be able to stop. So when quick action is necessary on the part of a large commercial truck driver to put a halt to their vehicle, cars that are in front of them that slam on the breaks to react to an incident are in a dangerous position of being hit by the truck.
In contrast, private passenger vehicles have more ability to maneuver around hazards and avoid them. They can also stop movement more effectively. While damages can still be cataclysmic with these accidents, they aren’t as prone to the almost predictable devastation that large commercial trucks are.
Speak to an Arizona Commercial Accident Attorney Today
Not only is the probability higher that damages are going to be extreme with commercial truck accidents in Phoenix versus what transpires after a passenger vehicle collision, but also the parties who are liable for damages differ. In general, Arizona passenger vehicle collisions will only involve the at-fault party’s insurance. Commercial vehicles can have many parties including the driver, the trucking company, the owner of the cargo, or even the manufacturer of the truck itself may be liable for damages.
To learn more about how you can obtain compensation after your Arizona car accident, you can discuss the details of your situation with a resourceful Arizona automobile accident attorney at ELG during a free consultation by calling (623) 877-3600.