Truck drivers and trucking agencies are required to follow strict regulations in order to prevent accidents. Although rare, truck accidents still occur. The fault may be due to the negligence of either the truck driver or the driver of the other vehicle.
If you were hurt as a result of a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, regardless of whether or not you were at fault. Most states follow the comparative negligence theory, which allocates fault of the accident to both the involved parties in proportion to how much their actions resulted in causing the accident. Under this law, you may be entitled to a claim even if you were partially at fault for the accident yourself.
When filing a claim, it is important to be aware of all the responsible parties. Some of the liable parties include the drivers of both the vehicles involved in the accidents and the trucking companies. Other less obvious parties include the contractor, insurance companies, government entities and vehicle manufacturers. Being well informed of these matters will help you decide who to file a claim against and determine the potential settlement.
Not all truck accident claims need to be filed in court. Most settlements can be achieved in out of court agreements with the involved parties present. Asking an experienced truck accident law attorney to review the details of your case may help you decide which process to adopt in your particular situation and possibly receive compensation for the damages.