Determining what, or who caused a commercial accident is not always just a case of knowing who was driving the other vehicle. A commercial truck accident can have several contributing factors. To establish whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim, you must educate yourself on how fault is determined in a commercial truck accident. A truck accident lawyer can help with this.
In 2014, nearly 4,000 fatalities and over 100,000 injuries occurred as a result of vehicle crashes involving a truck, and over 400,000 commercial trucks were involved in reported traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A large truck can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to more than 26,000 lbs. Therefore, a commercial truck accident has the potential to cause more harm than an accident involving a car.
Reviewing the police report can be helpful in finding out who is at fault in a commercial truck accident. Police reports typically contain information such as the names of the involved parties and witnesses (if any), where the accident occurred and most importantly, what happened. Determining who is at fault for a commercial truck accident, however, usually involves considering several potential culprits. Possible responsible parties may include the following:
- the driver(s) and owner(s) of the involved vehicles
- the company or individual who leases a truck from the owner
- the trucking company
- the manufacturer of parts for a truck that are suspected of contributing to the accident
- for trucks carrying cargo, the loader of the cargo
All of the above parties will likely be required to provide pertinent information during the accident investigation to establish fault. Truck companies and operators must abide by state and federal laws that ensure the safe and proper maintenance and operation of commercial trucks on and off the highways. A truck owner, operator, shipper or truck part manufacturer can be held liable if it is determined that a commercial truck accident resulted from a violation of one of the laws governing the truck industry.
Truck Accident Lawyer
Being involved in a commercial truck accident is a terrifying experience, one that can have lasting physical and emotional effects. Some victims recover from the ordeal and put it behind them. Others, however, are left with physical and emotional scars that never fully heal and require professional and medical treatment. A personal injury attorney can work on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected, responsible parties are held liable and you get adequately compensated for your pain and suffering. Your attorney can handle all the legalities of your case, leaving you free to focus solely on taking care of yourself and healing—physically and emotionally.
One of our experienced and capable personal injury attorneys will readily listen to your side of the story and advise you on the best course of action, as well as all possible outcomes. Your first consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by calling us today to schedule an appointment.