Who is Liable?
Determining liability can become very complex if a tractor-trailer or other big-rig truck hits your vehicle. When you seek compensation for damages, medical bills, lost or reduced wages, and other financial losses, the situation is rarely as easy or simple as filing a claim with the driver’s insurance. Multiple parties may be liable for different reasons in a trucking accident.
For example, the truck driver can be held responsible for driving distracted, or the driver’s company may be liable for not maintaining their vehicles properly or poorly training their drivers. A parts manufacturer may be held reliable for manufacturing faulty or defective parts. In some cases, victims of trucking accidents need to prove that they are not the one to blame.
If you’ve recently been in a trucking accident due to the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to sue for the damages inflicted. Trucking accidents can be very dangerous and traumatic events. Even if you think the injuries you sustained were minor, injuries like whiplash can lead to more severe problems later on: chronic pain, migraines, loss of movement, depression and anxiety, and more.
Your insurance may not cover all the expenses associated with your accident, which may include the costs of fixing or replacing your vehicle, medical bills, rehabilitative costs, and maybe even lost income. While trucking accidents are a common occurrence, many victims of them do not realize that they have the right to fight for the justice they deserve if the accident was caused by another driver’s reckless or negligent behavior. Why should you be held responsible for someone else’s mistakes?
Don’t Wait to Find a Lawyer
You may still be reeling from your recent trucking accident, but it’s important that you act quickly and find an experienced and professional lawyer as soon as you can to consult with. A good lawyer will be able to determine whether you have a case and guide you every step of the way in what is often a complex process. But the longer you wait to speak to a lawyer, the lower the chances of your case succeeding will be. A lawyer who specializes in trucking and car accidents will be able to help you avoid making choices that could affect your financial future, and deny you proper financial compensation for your accident.
After an accident with a commercial truck, it’s best not to assume that you can hold the trucking company accountable for the injuries and damages you’ve experienced, but to consult with an experienced, professional lawyer who will help you make the best decisions for your future. The question of liability in a trucking accident can be much more complex than it seems at first. But determining liability is just one part of the complex process involved in filing a personal injury claim after a trucking accident. It’s important to seek legal advice from a professional attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about the complex processes involved in trucking accidents.
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