Truck accidents are notoriously devastating. Often resulting in serious injury, death, and property damage, accidents involving trucks often leave victims wondering what to do next. As injured parties face significant medical bills as well as lost income, seeking fair compensation is always at the front of their mind.
Who Is to Blame? With Truck Accidents, It Is Not Always Clear
Most traffic accidents are caused by negligence, typically that of another driver. In truck accidents, negligence is also commonly to blame, but with commercial trucks the negligent party is not always the driver.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in which the driver is to blame include:
- Excessive Speed
- Drug Use & Intoxication
While these are also common causes of many traffic accidents, commercial drivers operate under much higher standards and stiffer regulations than typical motorists. From mandated rest periods and duty limitations to stricter guidelines on over-the-counter drug use, truck drivers found in violation of these rules after an accident will be held liable.
Of course, truck drivers can do everything right and end up in an accident—so how would liability be determined? Many times, equipment failure on the truck or trailer could be to blame, in which case it would need to be determined whether mechanics, a part manufacturer, or a trucking company’s lax maintenance standards are to blame.
There are so many behind-the-scenes players in a commercial truck carrying a load that hiring an attorney after an accident is a must for any person that has suffered property damage or injuries. With several potentially liable parties as well as several insurance companies involved, truck accident injury cases can quickly become messy.
By hiring an attorney that is familiar with the regulations governing the commercial trucking industry, as well as a skilled negotiator, you will greatly increase your odds of recovering maximum compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten have the experience necessary to successfully represent you in your claim—connect with our firm today to schedule your free consultation.