• Commercial Truck Accidents: Who’s At Fault

    Commercial Truck AccidentWe’ve all seen the news footage and headlines surrounding commercial truck accidents. We know that as a result of their sheer mass, the 18-wheel trucks create devastation whenever they’re in a crash, and in most cases, it is those in the passenger cars that they hit who suffer the most. If you’ve been in a commercial truck accident, your first priority is clearly to get better and heal, but at some point, you need to look out for your financial health as diligently as you pursued your physical wellbeing. To make sure that you get the justice you deserve, you need to understand who is at fault and who to pursue compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. We can help.

    Victims of truck crashes have numerous options for who to blame and hold legally responsible, and in most cases, there are numerous defendants named.  The most obvious person is the driver of the truck, but you would also likely file a claim against their employer, which is frequently the owner of the trucking company of the company whose products they were hauling as long as the accident happened while the driver was acting as an employee. It’s important to be aware that truck drivers often work for a number of entities, including whoever owns the truck, the company that hires the drivers for those trucks, and the company that hired the trucking company to deliver their goods. You also may discover that the trucker is an independent contractor, which may initially seem to mean that they are the only person who can be held responsible, but a deeper search can reveal other responsible parties. The complexity of trucking contracts means that you need an experienced advocate to closely investigate all possible avenues.

    There may also be a liability on the part of the company responsible for maintaining the vehicle, the truck’s manufacturer, the manufacturer of some of the truck’s parts, and even the municipality or government office responsible for maintaining the roads. Determining who all the responsible parties ensure that you will get the full compensation that you need and deserve as a result of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

    The most important thing for you to know when you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident is that you need an experienced attorney who will understand the meticulous investigative work that needs to be done to find those responsible and who will aggressively pursue justice and compensation on your behalf. To learn more about how we can help, call us today to set up an appointment.

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