Determining Liability in Truck Accidents
Being in a collision with a big rig truck can be a truly traumatic experience. In the aftermath of such an accident, you may feel grateful simply to have survived.
But if you or any members of your family were injured, you may be facing a long road to recovery. Such treatment can be extremely expensive. And if the accident was the fault of someone other than yourself, you may wish to take legal action against whoever was responsible.
Typically, a truck accident case involves proving liability. Liability will be based on whether or not the accident was due to the truck driver, the trucking company or a related party being in some manner negligent. The persons or entities responsible for the truck owe others on the road a duty of reasonable care to protect against potential injury. To do otherwise can be interpreted as an act of negligence.
For example, it is reasonable to expect that a trucking company should properly maintain its vehicles and perform regular brake inspections. But if the company's failure to inspect or repair a truck's brakes led to an accident, then that company could be found to have been negligent.
The fact is, a passenger car is no match for a big rig truck and this is why it is vital that truck drivers and trucking companies exercise due care. This means drivers should always be attentive when behind the wheel and that companies don't let trucks with mechanical issues back on the road until proper repairs have been made.
A truck accident can leave its victims with severe injuries that require hospitalization and long-term treatment and recovery. And negligent truck drivers and trucking companies should be held accountable. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may wish to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to help you pursue appropriate compensation for medical expenses.