Operating any motor vehicle requires training, safety precautions and an understanding of state and federal traffic laws. The same is true whether you drive a motorcycle or a massive commercial vehicle. However, it is the commercial vehicle drivers who can cause the most damage if they fail to operate their vehicle safely and properly.
With this in mind, we encourage you to understand a few important things about commercial vehicle accident claims and what options you have in the aftermath of a crash.
Truckers and trucking companies abide by different rules
In addition to traditional traffic laws and license rules, there are federal and state trucking regulations in place with which truckers and trucking companies must comply. These include loading procedures, route restrictions and Hours of Service regulations.
You may not be aware of these regulations, but they exist. If a party fails to comply with these rules and requirements, deliberately or not, then they can and should be held accountable for the consequences.
It’s not just about the driver
In passenger vehicle accidents, oftentimes, liability falls solely on the part of the driver. When it comes to commercial vehicle accidents, however, liability can fall on multiple parties including the driver, the party who loaded the vehicle, the truck manufacturer, a trucker’s employer or the owner of the truck.
You can pursue compensation for your injuries after a crash
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, chances are you and your family members have suffered extensive damages between the medical expenses, lost wages and the overwhelming pain and suffering.
You should not have to shoulder the financial burden of these damages alone if they are the result of a negligent or reckless party. You can discuss with an attorney your options for filing a legal claim to pursue the compensation you need and deserve.