Since most truck drivers are at work and acting as employees when they get into an accident, their driving history becomes very important during an investigation of the collision. In an ordinary accident, the driving history of both drivers is generally not taken into consideration. However, since commercial drivers are expected to follow many laws and regulations while they are at work, their driving history will almost always be taken into consideration after a truck accident occurs.
Hiring a truck accident attorney is a good way of ensuring that a person has the collision investigated properly and liability is attributed to the correct party so a person can be compensated accordingly.
An experienced truck accident attorney can assist a person in the following ways:
- Give valuable advice on how to respond and what steps to take after the accident
- Conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to determine who is at fault
- Examine the truck drivers records to see if there are any legal violations
- Communicate with one's insurance company and give counteroffers
- Represent a person legally in court if required
Truck accidents are very different from smaller vehicle collisions when examined through a legal lens. There are often many more parties involved, and the losses incurred by such a large-scale accident are often much more then what would accumulate after a regular accident.
To make sure a person does not lose out on any of their deserved compensation, they should make sure they get the help of a legal representative to aid them through the process right from the beginning.
Who can be held liable in a truck accident case?
After a collision occurs, an investigation should be launched to discover who was guilty of contributing to the accident. Anyone who is found to have acted negligently can be forced to face legal penalties and be forced to compensate any parties who were injured or who suffered damages due to the accident.
Individuals who can be held liable include:
- The trucker
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The trucking companies
- Truck driving schools and training entities
- The truck mechanics
Depending on the evidence uncovered after an investigation, any of the above parties or other third parties may be pulled into the lawsuit and compelled to compensate those who were injured or who suffered losses due to the collision. If it is determined the accident occurred due to a part of the truck failing, the truck manufacturer or the mechanic responsible for checking up on the truck can be held liable for the accident. If it is determined the truck driver was not qualified to drive in the first place, the driver themselves, and the trucking company can both be held accountable.
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