An unexpected truck accident can be devastating for victims and their families because of the catastrophic injuries and harm truck accident victims can suffer because of the dramatic size disparity between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. As a result, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to know how they are legally protected.
A claim for damages following a truck accident can help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered because of a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Victims should also know who might be liable to compensate them for their damages following a truck accident. The answer depends on the relationship between the trucking company and truck driver and the actions of the trucking company and truck driver.
If either the trucking company or truck driver were negligent, they may be liable to compensate the victims for their damages. Truck drivers may be considered negligent if they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while fatigued, speeding, driving distracted or are driving in a manner that is inappropriate for the weather or roadway conditions. Trucking companies may be considered negligent if the truck is overloaded, not properly maintained or if they failed to properly recruit and train drivers. Both trucking companies and truck drivers may be liable in other circumstances as well.
Trucking companies, truck drivers or both may be liable for the harm suffered by truck accident victims. As a result, it is beneficial for truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal remedies available to hold the party responsible for their accident accountable and help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages following a truck accident.