How do I know whose fault it is after I have been involved in an 18-wheeler accident?
Trucking accidents can be serious. After all, if you are in your personal vehicle and are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, your injuries and vehicle damage are likely to be significant. Like any accident, one of the first steps is to determine who is at fault, but trucking accidents can be difficult. John Mobley Law Firm has the experience you need to determine fault and get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Determining liability in an 18-wheeler accident is not as easy as you might think. There are more parties involved than just two drivers: the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the entity that leased the truck and even more.
Driving an 18-wheeler is difficult, and drivers must be well-trained. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If the passenger vehicle driver is not at fault, the commercial truck driver usually is to blame, but others can be at fault, including: the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the truck maintenance company, the shipping or loading company.
According to federal regulations, any company that owns a trucking permit is held liable for accidents involving a truck with its name displayed on it. Other regulations on state and federal levels mandate proper rest for the driver, quality control on truck maintenance and maximum weight allowances. If any of these laws are broken, it proves negligence, which can determine liability.
If the truck driver is determined to be at fault, you could receive compensation from the truck driver’s insurance, the trucking company, the truck owner and more. In order to determine liability and find all sources for compensation, you need the help of a skilled and experienced attorney.
John Mobley Law Firm will be happy to discuss your 18-wheeler accident. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.