Commercial truck accidents can be more complex than passenger car accidents, since there are many factors that can contribute to a truck crash. In a car accident, the liable party is typically the driver of the car or the driver in the opposite car who caused the crash. In a truck accident, defining who is liable can be more difficult.
Other parties that can be held liable in a truck accident besides the driver of the vehicle can include:
After a truck accident, the truck company that employs the driver will most likely try to protect themselves from any liability after the accident. They will work to prove through their own lawyers and insurers that the truck accident was the result of driver error. This is why it is critical to contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights and investigate the true cause of the crash.
While there can be many factors that contribute to a truck accident, the truck driver’s error may be the cause for the collision. Trucks are typically 20 to 30 times the size of a passenger vehicle, and the drivers of these large vehicles have a responsibility to others on the road to drive with caution. All truck drivers are required to have a CDL (commercial driver’s license) and go through substantial training, however human error may still occur. Factors contributing to a truck driver’s liability in an accident can include:
Like stated above, there are many reasons why a truck driver can be held liable for a collision. However, there may actually be multiple parties that contributed to the truck accident, and not driver error alone.
Truckers have a job that includes long hours on the road, combined with strict drop-off and pick-up schedules that they must adhere to. A truck company could can incentivize their drivers to hit quotas that would put pressure on the driver to drive beyond their hourly limit. This can cause the trucker to drive while fatigued, which may result in a serious accident. In a case like this, both the trucking company and truck driver may be held liable if a truck accident occurred under these circumstances.
After a truck accident, our lawyers will fully investigate the crash and uncover the true cause of the accident. If the attorneys at Regan Zambri Long find that there are multiple parties that can be held liable in a truck accident, you may be able to receive maximum compensation due to multiple claims.
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