Yes, there are different rules applying to accidents involving commercial trucks. Trucks are governed by federal regulations that can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations apply to commercial tractor trailers involved in interstate commerce and are utilized in many states.
Lawsuits involving tractor trailer trucks vary greatly than those involving cars. One example of this difference is the Driver's Log. Federal law requires truck drivers to record driving data in a driver's log. In the event of an accident, the log will be thoroughly examined to ensure that the driver complied with federal hours of service regulations and did not participate in any illegal or negligent conduct.