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Whenever someone suffers an injury during a semi truck accident, some people believe that the process will be the same as if they were in a normal auto accident in terms of making a claim. This is not true. Each type of accident differs from one another in big ways.

Here are three ways in which semi truck accidents differ from normal auto accidents:

Bigger Property Damage

If a semi truck has a full trailer attached to it, the end result is the vehicle weighing as much as 80,000 pounds. This means that the vehicle can end up causing a serious amount of damage in the event of an accident, including a significant amount of property damage.

Increased Risk of Death

Accidents that involve large-sized trucks end up being responsible for approximately 3,000 to 5,000 deaths every single year. This means that a semi truck is more likely to cause a death in an accident than one that would involve two passenger vehicles.

A Special Attorney is Required

In the event of an accident involving a semi truck, the driver and/or truck company will need to employ the services of an attorney who is knowledgeable regarding what the insurance companies may try to do in response, as well as all of the regulations that truckers must follow and how their insurance policies actually work.

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