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Determining fault in a truck accident

Sep 3, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Crashes

The aftermath of a truck accident can be difficult for victims, who may have to cope with physical and emotional injuries, as well as financial losses. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation through a civil claim. In order to determine who is at fault and how to pursue an outcome that allows you to recover your losses, it is important to carefully assess the crash.

Possible factors in a truck accident

Truck accidents happen for many of the same reasons other types of accidents happen. For example, distraction, speed or negligence of any kind can lead to a higher chance of a truck accident. Two of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:

  • Truckers are in a hurry to deliver their cargo, and in their haste, they ignore basic rules of the road, including properly yielding, stopping at intersections and looking before lane changes.
  • The trucker is following another vehicle too slowly, and he or she is unable to come to a complete stop, resulting in a rear-end accident.

Trucking companies also bear the responsibility of ensuring they implement safety restrictions, train their drivers and provide properly working vehicles.

The rights of victims

It is possible a truck accident was the result of negligent operation of a vehicle or negligence from the trucking company. It is not always easy to identify the specific cause of an accident. This is why it may be helpful for a victim to seek an assessment of the case as soon as possible in order to understand the legal options available to him or her.