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What makes truck accidents different from others?

| Nov 2, 2018 | Truck/Commercial Vehicle Accidents |

“Monster” is a term that applies not just to those customized, souped up, big-wheeled trucks people pay good money to see in arena settings. Because of their sizes and speeds, nearly every truck on the freeways and roads of California is worthy of the title. And when they are involved in collisions, you can be quite certain that the victims who suffer the most are going to be those in other vehicles.

Attorneys with deep experience in handling truck crash cases that cause serious and/or fatal injuries know that such actions are complicated. Very often, multiple vehicles are involved in these collisions. That creates challenges in trying to sort out who is responsible for what percentage of the damage, pain and suffering. When commercial trucks are factors, especially semi-tractor trailer rigs, the complications can increase exponentially. Optimal protection of victims’ legal rights demands consulting with a skilled attorney.

How an attorney helps

The biggest factor that can make accidents involving commercial vehicles more difficult to resolve than others is that there can be multiple layers of potentially liable parties. To achieve the optimal outcome in terms of compensation, it becomes crucial to investigate and discover any and all players who may have had a hand in creating the conditions of the crash.

These can include:

  • The owner of the truck.
  • The driver of the truck, including whether he or she is a contractor or an employee.
  • Whoever managed maintenance and inspection of the vehicle.
  • The broker and/or shipper involved in the movement of the freight.
  • The team that loaded the trailer.

If poorly maintained roads are a factor, some government entity might bear some responsibility. If some product defect contributed to the collision, the manufacturer could be liable.

Besides identifying responsible parties, an attorney can help identify and pursue the best strategy for achieving optimal settlement. This includes taking immediate action to obtain and preserve the evidence that is necessary for a successful claim.