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Things you should know about truck accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2016 | Firm News, truck accidents

There may be a number of contributing factors related to trucks that could lead to accidents with severe consequences for other road users. Crashes involving large commercial vehicles can be dangerous and in some cases may result in fatal outcomes. Such collisions are more catastrophic due to the mere size difference between trucks and passenger cars.

Truck accidents are caused due to several reasons, and the truck driver might not always be held accountable. In some cases, unforeseen hazards or road conditions might lead to a horrific scenario. Truck accidents may be caused or escalated because of the freight carried by the truck. Trucks carrying hazardous waste, flammable gases or heavy equipment are dangerous for passenger vehicles.

If you are a victim of a truck accident, you have the right to claim compensation, medical expenses, and other damages. It is important to make your case stronger by proving the negligence of the defendant. It must be established in court that the defendant owed the duty to the plaintiff to take reasonable care during transportation. You must also prove that the defendant’s failure to fulfill this duty lead to the injuries suffered.

Truck accident cases are complicated, and the defendant is not necessarily the truck driver. The driver’s employer, contractors and any other party involved in transportation may be held responsible for the catastrophe. If the freight carried by the truck caused most of the damage, the shipper or manufacturer can be held accountable. You must also keep in mind that in some cases truck drivers might get some concessions due to the sheer size of the vehicle. These special cases include jackknifing and turning accidents.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in an accident involving a commercial truck, it is advisable to contact an attorney. An experienced attorney will assess the situation and might be able to get you compensated.