Semi-trucks and tractor trailers weigh tens of thousands of pounds, making them the largest, heaviest vehicles on the road. Auto accidents involving trucks almost always result in devastating personal injuries that will change a victim’s life forever. Collecting compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses begin with determining liability for your accident.
Establishing Liability in Trucking Accidents
Approximately 87% of trucking accidents are caused by drivers who failed to see another vehicle or respond appropriately to changing road conditions. Fatigue, alcohol use, and texting or other distractions increase the chances of a serious auto accident in which someone else can be seriously injured or killed. If your attorney can show that your accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence, they can be held legally liable for your losses.
The Driver’s Employer
Unfortunately, truck drivers are often required to drive many hours over many miles, facing tight delivery deadlines. This may result in truckers not getting the sleep necessary for them to remain safe and alert while driving, leading to dangerous consequences. Trucking companies are also required to regularly maintain the vehicles in their fleet and address problems before they cause dangerous auto accidents. If they fail to fulfill their obligations, the truck driver’s employer can also be named in the lawsuit.
The Truck Manufacturer
Every vehicle manufacturer is responsible for ensuring their products are safe to use before offering them for sale. If your auto accident was caused by a defective part rather than driver error, your attorney may suggest taking action against the manufacturer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, let the legal team at Jones & Jones, P.C. Attorneys at Law identify the responsible parties and fight for your rights. They’ve been serving accident victims throughout south Alabama for many years and pride themselves on delivering reliable results in a wide range of situations. Visit their website for a closer look at their legal services, follow their Facebook for more legal tips, or call (334) 222-3161 to discuss your auto accident and schedule a consultation.
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