Commercial trucks are among the largest vehicles on the road, and drivers are held to a higher standard than other motorists. When reckless behavior or the negligence of their employers results in an accident, victims or their families may hire a personal injury attorney to collect compensation for their losses. In these situations, it’s best to have an understanding of how the process works. Below are answers to some common questions you may have about truck accidents.
4 FAQ About Trucking Accidents
Who Is Responsible for My Damages?
If the driver of a truck failed to follow local driving laws, they will likely be held liable for your damages. However, many trucking companies pressure their drivers to violate hours of service regulations and other laws, in which case the employer may also be responsible.
What if Other Vehicles Were Involved?
Due to their size, accidents involving trucks often impact several vehicles. Even if you were actually struck by another motorist, the truck driver may still be responsible if their actions started a chain reaction where you were injured.
What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Many truck accidents are caused by fatigued drivers who have spent too many hours operating a vehicle, or other factors like speeding or inadequate training. Distracted driving is a common issue with commercial drivers, who often eat or use GPS equipment while operating their trucks.
How Will a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Truck accidents typically result in serious injuries, many of which require lifelong medical treatment. A personal injury attorney will evaluate the full extent of your losses, identify all liable parties, and negotiate aggressively with insurers on your behalf. In many cases, getting the compensation you deserve depends on the skill and expertise of your legal representative.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, Lynn Henry in West Plains, MO, will provide the dedicated, aggressive representation you deserve. With decades of experience and a reputation throughout south central Missouri for excellent legal representation, this skilled personal injury attorney has received a perfect 10 score from Avvo.com® and the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. To schedule a no-risk consultation, visit his law firm online or call (417) 256-8133.