Syracuse, NY- Commercial truck accounts for 80 percent of all freight transportation in the U.S. Over the past decade the number of commercial trucks on the nation’s roads, highways and interstates has increased by 20 percent and is expected to double by the year 2015, which also means that the number or truck accidents.
According to data from the American Trucking Association, truck accidents are twice as deadly as passenger vehicle accidents since commercial vehicles are much larger and heavier. Ninety-eight percent of those who are killed in a truck accident are the drivers or occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Truck accidents, though less frequent than automobile accidents, are more complex, and often leave the victim or victims to wonder: Who is liable for my injuries?
Sometimes the cause of truck accidents is easy to pinpoint; it can be caused by driver error, intoxicated driving or equipment failure. Even when the cause of a truck accident is fairly straightforward, determining who is liable is not as easy, and often requires the victim to seek out a personal injury attorney, adept at handling truck accident cases.
With commercial truck accidents, there are often more parties involved aside from the driver. The trucking company, the owner of a commercial truck or the company that leases a truck involved in an accident may be partly liable for any injuries or death that result from a truck accident. The shipping company that loaded a truck can also be responsible if the accident was caused by a shifting load.
When an injurious or deadly truck accident occurs any of these parties will do whatever they can to avoid liability. Trucking companies have, in the past, fought very hard to avoid taking on the financial responsibilities of a truck accident, often pushing the blame solely on a truck driver.
And though a large number of truck accidents can be the sole responsibility of the truck driver, there are numerous incidents in which poor maintenance, faulty safety equipment, hours-of –service violations, and shifting loads can cause a serious truck accident. Equipment failure is one of the primary causes of truck accidents and maintaining these large and heavy vehicles is the responsibility of the truck’s owner— only 165,100 out of the estimated 15.5 million trucks on the road are owned by the operator.
A Syracuse accident attorney is well-versed in federal and state trucking regulations and is capable of understanding driver’s logs, trucking company logs and other crucial evidence which can give insight into who is ultimately responsible for a commercial truck accident.
A Syracuse, New York truck accident attorney can help an accident victim determine which parties should be required to pay for their medical bills, loss of wages and any other accident-related expenses they encounter. Holding all the responsible parties accountable will ensure the victim gets the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.