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If a heavy truck collides with a much lighter vehicle, though, a much larger share of the energy involved will normally end up coursing through the car in question.

Why Accidents Involving Trucks are Often so Devastating and How Best to Respond

The average passenger car today weighs somewhere around two tons. A commercial truck and its trailer, by contrast, can combine to tip the scales at as much as 80,000 pounds.

As a result, accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles often leave the occupants of the latter with grave injuries or worse. Attorneys like those at Frekhtman & Associates are ready to provide legal representation that makes it much more likely such victims will receive the compensation they are owed.

Large Trucks Can Cause Devastating Damage Even at Low Speeds

When two vehicles collide, the energy each is carrying has to be dissipated somehow. In a head-on collision between two vehicles of roughly equal mass, the damage will often be distributed fairly evenly between them.

If a heavy truck collides with a much lighter vehicle, though, a much larger share of the energy involved will normally end up coursing through the car in question. Even at relatively low speeds, this imbalance can lead to critical injuries for those who are on the wrong side of the scale.

 

Effective Legal Representation is a Must

It might be thought that transportation companies and their insurers would voluntarily live up to their obligations when a commercial truck causes such a serious accident. With the stakes often being so high, though, it is much more likely that resistance will be encountered.

As a result, many people who find themselves injured by accidents involving commercial trucks end up receiving only the paltriest of settlement offers when they try to negotiate on their own. In some cases, an insurer or trucking company will offer nothing at all despite a commercial driver having clearly been at fault.

Because of this, it will almost always make sense to contact a lawyer like one of those at Frekhtman & Associates after suffering an injury as a result of such an accident. Even merely bringing an attorney into the picture will normally make the other party much more willing to negotiate in good faith.

In fact, most truck accident cases that are handled by attorneys end up producing generous settlements for the victims. Should that not be possible, a dedicated lawyer will also be ready to argue the matter in court.