Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents By SEO Admin on February 07, 2013

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. It's one of the sad and frightening realities given the nature of these vehicles, and for that reason any lawsuits brought against trucking companies needs to be handled with the utmost seriousness. By getting legal experts on your side who will fight for you each step of the way, you'll ensure that your legal interests are strongly represented.

When seeking damages, our Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne personal injury attorneys will fight on your behalf to determine the liability of the trucking company, truck driver, or a third party. Many people have only a vague understanding of liability in auto accidents, so we'd like to look into this matter briefly right now.

Why Truck Accidents Can Be So Serious

Large trucks pose a number of problems to motorists in smaller vehicles. Because of their size, drivers of large trucks have larger blindspots that they have to be wary of. The size also means major problems with maneuverability and stopping/braking time. In addition to all these, the loads that these large trucks carry may come loose and become hazards for motorists and pedestrians.

What Liability Means

Liability essentially refers to who is legally responsible for the accident occurring. This means finding out if the truck driver, the trucking company, or some other party is at fault. The party that is found to be at fault for the accident will be responsible for paying damages in the civil case. This is what our Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne trucking accident attorneys will strive to do when they represent you.

Factors That Go Into Determining Fault

When attempting to approve fault, our Florida personal injury lawyers and accident reconstruction team will look at all of the available evidence and consult experts as to what caused the accident. Some examples of fault on the part of truck drivers or the trucking company include:

  • Reckless/negligent driving

  • Driver fatigue

  • Poor vehicle maintenance

  • Poor work conditions

A number of other issues will be looked into as well.

Examples of Other Parties Being Liable

Sometimes the driver and the truck company will be free from liability because the accident was actually caused by a third party.

One example of this is defective auto parts supplied to the trucking company. If a large truck is outfitted with bad tires or bad brakes, this can increase the chances of a serious accident occurring. In such cases, the manufacturer of the auto part may be held responsible.

Another example of this involves poor road conditions. If construction or maintenance work on a road is being performed and the poor management of traffic flow results in a truck accident, the construction company may be considered responsible for the accident occurring. The same may be considered in cases of poor road maintenance and malfunctioning traffic signals, in which case the city may be found liable.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

For more information about trucking accidents and your legal rights during serious motor vehicle collisions, be sure to contact our Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne personal injury lawyers today. The entire team here looks forward to discussing all of your legal concerns in greater detail and helping you achieve peace of mind through expert counsel.

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