Are you one of thousands of victims of an accident this year involving a tractor trailer or other commercial hauling truck? If so, you already know these accidents are more complicated than those involving regular vehicles when it comes to determining the cause. With regular vehicle accidents, the cause and responsible party, like the person who ran the red light, are usually easily identifiable. But in the case of trucks, the web of players extends beyond just the driver, making it harder to get to the cause.
Trucking accidents involve a number of key players:
So the issue of fault now goes beyond just a driver and a vehicle. With trucks, things get more complicated indeed.
As with any situation where multiple companies may be held financially responsible for an accident, the companies usually immediately begin blaming one another. For example, if the accident was caused by tire failure, the owning company will try to blame the tire manufacturer, while the tire manufacturer may respond back that the company did not correctly maintain the tires. In a typical situation, where a driver is an independent driver contracted to haul the goods, the company who owns the truck will try to distance themselves from the trucker, should driver error be the cause.
The complications and pointed fingers can be enough to make your head spin, but at root there are three common causes for trucking accidents:
Although the causes may seem straightforward, it is the various businesses involved that make it hard to resolve a truck crash.
The best way to get beyond all the finger pointing and establish who is at fault for your accident, is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers who are familiar with trucking crashes have the understanding needed to determine fault in a truck accident – and obtain adequate compensation for its victims.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, don’t let the trucking companies run you around. Talk to a personal injury attorney about how they can sort through the legal mess, and get you compensation you need and deserve.