Newark, NJ- Over the past decade he number of commercial trucks on the nation’s roads has increased by 20 percent and is expected to double by 2015. This means the number of large commercial trucks on the road will increase significantly, as will frequency of truck accidents. Because truck accidents are significantly different, the victim may not know which parties must take responsibility for their injuries and property damage.
According to data from the American Trucking Association, truck accidents are twice as deadly as passenger vehicle accidents. Ninety-eight percent of those who are killed in a truck accident are the drivers or occupants of a passenger vehicle. That isn’t to say truck drivers are never injured or killed, but passenger vehicles don’t fare as well against a commercial truck which can weigh up to 80,000 lbs.
Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, truck accidents are not as cut and dry. A truck driver may be responsible for an accident, but in many incidents more parties are involved. The trucking company, the owner of the truck—of different than the operator or the trucking company can all be held accountable for an accident once the cause has been determined. To determine who must take responsibility, the injury victim should retain a truck accident attorney.
A truck accident attorney is knowledgeable about federal and state trucking regulations and can determine which parties are liable for the accident victim’s injuries.
When an injurious or deadly truck accident occurs any of these parties will do whatever they can to avoid taking on any liability. It’s not personal but insurers and trucking companies will do what it takes to reduce their financial responsibilities when a truck accident occurs.
Basically, trucking companies, manufacturers and other parties deny liability and try to place responsibility solely on the truck driver. In some cases, truck accidents are the sole responsibility of the truck driver. However there are numerous incidents in which when poor truck maintenance, faulty equipment and mechanics or shifting loads can cause an accident.
Truck accident victims don’t who they can and should hold responsible for their injuries. They don’t know who should pay for the medical and other accident-related bills they incur. It always in the best interest of the victim to speak with a truck accident attorney and to determine if they should file a personal injury suit and which parties should be included in their suit. A personal injury knows how much compensation you need and won’t settle for less.
Before speaking to anyone, whether it is an insurer, a truck driver or trucking company, the victim must needs to consult with an attorney knowledgeable about the complexities of a tractor trailer accident. A truck accident attorney will collect important evidence and analyze the details of your accident to determine which parties must take responsibility. Your attorney will fight for what’s right for you; they won’t allow you to be ignored, disregarded or short changed by any party that played a role in your accident.