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Truck Accident

TRUCK ACCIDENTS

As drivers or passengers of a car, small truck, or motorcycle, your vehicle is no match for a semi-truck, which can have a max weight of 80,000 pounds or more.

In the event you are involved in an accident with a truck, you and your occupants would likely be the ones who suffer the most injuries and incur the most property damage. On the other hand, truck drivers usually walk away with little to no injuries, and their employer and their insurance company will quickly put the blame on you, as they continue to protect their company's profits.

That's why you need a strong advocate in your corner if you've been injured in a truck accident. Our attorney's at Accident Network know how traumatic and life-changing a truck accident can be. We have helped many injured clients pursue their injury claim against the truck companies after an accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, call Accident Network Accident Attorneys now to schedule a free consultation to explore your legal options.

TRUCK COMPANIES ARE PREPARED FOR THIS, SO SHOULD YOU!

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT?

To successfully secure compensation after a truck accident, every party associated with the truck must be identified. This wear the rubber hits the road and investigations commence. What most people don't realize is that there can be multiple entities and owners associated with a truck. Further, the independent sections of a truck can also be owned by different entities and or corporations. That's why it is vital to hire an attorney with experience in handling truck accident cases.

Below are some of the potential areas we investigate in determining who is at fault for the accident:

  • The Truck Driver:Truck drivers are supposed to be professionals, but they are also human. They may push themselves to get a delivery in on time, and they may not have had proper sleep. They may become distracted due to being on the phone or texting. Some may even be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving. Or they may just be negligent drivers at the time of the accident.
  • The Truck Owner(s):The owner can be found liable if the truck was not properly maintained and/or inspected. The owner is responsible for having adequate tires on the vehicle, check braking systems regularly and following all federally mandated regulations regarding trucks inspections and maintenance. In reality, owners tend to cut corners in an effort to save the money. However, they do not take into consideration the harm they can cause, when involved in an accident.
  • The Trucking Company(s):Generally, companies are liable for the negligent acts of their employee drivers. Even if the driver is an independent contractor, the company still could be liable. Companies can also be liable if they hired, or continued to employ, drivers who the company knew were unsafe drivers. That is why it is important to investigate the circumstances to determine who the liability falls on.
  • Truck Manufacturers:If it can be proven that the truck itself was poorly designed and/or manufactured, and the specific defect was responsible, then the manufacturer can be sued for negligence. Although, this process can be lengthy and will require experts and expert testimony, we fight for every inch to get you the compensation you deserve.
  • The Cargo Loaders: If a load is not secured in the trailer, and it shifts while turning or stopping, it can send the truck out of control and cause a major injury. If it is determined that the company loading the truck was negligent in securing the cargo, then we will pursue the cargo loading company for negligence.
  • Third-party Maintenance Companies: If a third-party was responsible for inspecting and maintaining the truck, and it is found that the repairs were faulty or grossly negligent, then they may be liable for your injuries as well.
  • Parts Manufacturers: If the accident was caused by a defective truck part or system, the manufacturer could be responsible for injuries to others.

As you can see, there may be multiple entities which may be involved in causing your accident with a truck. Our attorneys at Accident Network will thoroughly research the accident, gather proof, interview all participants and witnesses to the crash, and help you obtain the compensation you deserve!

TRUCK COMPANIES ARE PREPARED FOR THIS, SO SHOULD YOU!

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WHY ARE TRUCK ACCIDENTS MORE COMPLICATED THAN CAR ACCIDENTS?

This can be attributed to the multiple parties involved in a truck accident. Generally, some of the parties involved include the truck driver, the trucking company, insurance companies, maintenance companies, cargo loading companies, and potentially others. Each of those parties may bear some responsibility for the accident depending on the specific circumstances of your accident.

As we have mentioned before, the trucking company and their insurance company will likely try to place you at fault for the accident. Their goal is to reduce the amount of exposure and liability, in order to save the company money. However, our attorneys at Accident Network are familiar with their tactics, and will get you the compensation you deserve!

Some factors which make truck accidents more complicated than car accidents are:

  • Who is responsible for the accident? The issue of liability is crucial from the very beginning of any truck accident because it must be determined exactly who to go after for your injuries. Some truckers are owner/operators, others work for the trucking company, other trucking companies mislabel employees as “independent contractors” in hopes of ducking liability. These and many more complication can lead to frustration and potential devaluation of you case if you do not obtain an experienced attorney.
  • Did the truck driver observe all the laws and regulations?There are many rules and laws which a truck drivers must observe which regulates the hours and conditions of each truck. Further, the regulations and laws vary from state to state. Our lawyers at Accident Network will review which regulations apply to your case and investigate to determine which rules and regulations apply.
  • Do a semi-trucks have a “black box”?Yes, some semi-trucks hare equipped with a “black box”. It is your attorneys job to detect if the truck involved in the accident was equipped with such technology or not. These devices record information about the speed of the truck, whether brakes were applied, the duration the driver drove on a given day, and other data points which can be used to reconstruct exactly what happened in the accident. Although, not all models of tucks are equipped with this technology, rest assured that our team will do our due diligence to obtain the information.

If you or a loved one was involved in an accident where a truck was at fault for the accident, you need to speak with an attorney so your rights are protected. Remember, truck companies and their insurance are looking after their bottom line and will try to pin the blame on you for the accident. Our attorneys at Accident Network are ready to fight on your behalf and get you the treatment and compensation you deserve!

TRUCK COMPANIES ARE PREPARED FOR THIS, SO SHOULD YOU!

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