Truck Accident FAQs, Your Legal Questions Answered
Today we are going to take a deeper look into a specific area of vehicle law, that of truck accidents. Many of you have been commenting about truck accidents in relation to the legal rights of the victim and the driver, so we will look to tackle those Truck Accident FAQs here. If you have been involved in a truck accident the we imagine that you will have many questions about where to go next, and where you stand. Let’s see if we can solve some of those questions here, to put your mind at ease.
What are most common causes of truck accidents?
There are a number of factors which could cause an accident, but some are more common than others. In most cases it is driver error which causes this accident. This could involve lack of concentration and a failure to brake, speeding or poor maneuvering in bad weather. There are also many cases which is the fault of the passenger car, such as a failure to assess truck speed or pulling out in front of them. Occasionally we will see mechanical failure causing accidents or if the cargo has not been loaded safely.
Why is it that truck accident injuries more serious than other car accidents?
Injuries following a truck accident can be far more severe than car accidents because of the weight of the truck and the unstable nature following impact which often causes trucks to fall over. When you consider that a fully loaded truck could weigh as much as 80,000 lbs, it is easy to see how those accidents could cause such injuries.
Is it true that there’s no liability on the trucker if a truck jackknifes?
This is generally the case but there are no guarantees that a jackknifed truck will mean that there is no guilt. If it can be shown that the truck jackknifed in order to avoid an accident then there will be no liability. If however it is shown that the driver was negligent or was speeding, and this is what resulted in the truck’s jackknife, then the driver will be deemed culpable.
Who’s fault is a truck accident?
This is something of a broad-stroke question because there can be a number of culpable parties involved in any kind of truck accident. As we have mentioned it is often the case that the driver of either vehicle is guilty of causing the accident, but there could be other factors too. For example the trucking company may be guilty if they sent out an untrained driver, the manufacturer of the vehicle could be culpable if there were faults in the vehicle which hadn’t been remedied; and we may even see a company blamed if they had products inside the truck, which resulted in the accident being caused.
It will be up to the lawyers to prove how the accident was caused and then try to prove what factors will involved which shows guilt.