Commercial Truck Accidents: Who is at Fault?
In the event of a collision between a car and a big rig or semi-truck, victims may experience permanent disabilities or serious injuries that prevent them from working. Many truck accident victims, unfortunately, presume that they are automatically entitled to compensation if the semi-truck driver represented a business at the time of the accident. However, determining liability for a truck accident claim necessitates the consideration of several factors.
Determining the truck driver's fault
If you are certain that your actions did not cause the accident, you must determine whether the semi-truck driver was at fault. Negligence is one possibility, but other factors, such as weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, and the actions of other drivers, can also contribute to truck accidents.
Additionally, driver negligence is a major cause of truck accidents. If the driver was under the influence, observed speeding or driving recklessly, or was fatigued, it may be easier to prove negligence. Driver distraction is also a significant concern in this age of technology.
Who else might be liable in a truck accident?
To establish liability, you must determine not only if there was a mechanical failure, but also where the failure occurred. In addition to the driver, other parties may also be responsible. For example:
- The individual or entity who owns the vehicle
- The organization that handles repairs and upkeep on the rig
- The company that produced the semi-truck
- The company that loaded the cargo onto the truck
By answering questions like:
- Was the cargo of the truck loaded correctly?
- Did the truck receive regular and proper maintenance?
- Was the driver aware of all the safety regulations and requirements?
By determining the answers to the above questions, liability can be proven. But, this is a difficult task, and you should not attempt to do it alone.
Knowing when you have a valid personal injury claim
If you believe that your truck accident, or that of a loved one, was caused by mechanical failure, driver negligence, or other related factors, it is critical to contact a qualified truck accident attorney. Only a qualified truck accident lawyer can determine the validity of your claim, and this decision will be based on both the accident's details and the ability to prove negligence on the part of the responsible party. If you have a valid personal injury claim, you are entitled to restitution for the property damage and injuries you sustained.
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If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, please contact our attorneys today to put our experience to work for you. Our truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly to secure the damages you deserve, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage, and more. Learn more about Roden Law Firm's experience with truck accident cases or schedule a free consultation with our trucking accident lawyers today.