The thought of two cars colliding causes shivers up your spine. While that situation can absolutely end in fatalities and serious injuries, there is another type of vehicle collision that has the probability for the most severe injuries. Those accidents are the result of a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. Because of their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks are held to different liability standards than the average passenger vehicle. So, what does this mean if you or a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a truck accident?
It means that there are more factors at play, more potential parties to blame and, thus, a more complex situation to analyze. However, this shouldn’t make anyone shy away from alleging that a trucking company was negligent. Truck companies, truck drivers, freight companies who use the trucks and other related parties may have created an unsafe situation that directly led to your injuries.
Commercial truck companies must get their vehicles permitted, inspected and approved to be on the road. These companies must screen and properly train their drivers. Truck drivers are also obligated to take a certain number of breaks, per state and federal law. The trucks themselves aren’t allowed to weigh over a certain amount while on the road. Breaking any of these rules could point to negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company. It’s possible that more than one party was responsible, as there are multiple contributing factors that led to a truck accident injury.
When another person or company’s negligence led to a person’s injury, one should be able to seek damages. Determining who is at fault can help one to approximate the damages and seek them from the correct parties.