Who Is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Truck accidents lead to the most devastating and catastrophic injuries, especially if you’re in a smaller passenger car with which the truck collides. The aftermath of a truck accident can include lifelong disabilities, and it’s vital to recognize what your legal rights are to hold the negligent truck driver or company accountable to get compensation.
While these large commercial vehicles are vital to the economy, they present significant dangers on the road when negligence is involved, such as:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to maintain
- And more
You must take certain steps for your own well-being and protect your potential to file a claim.
The Dangers of a Truck Accident
In a truck accident, the individuals in the smaller vehicle are most often at significant risk to sustain catastrophic injuries. Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. and they often travel at high rates of speed. Whenever a truck driver, the trucking company, an employee, or a third party is negligent, the results can be devastating.
Truck drivers are supposed to follow regulations; including weight restrictions and the number of hours they’re able to work. When they don’t, they can put you and your loved ones in harm’s way.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
You want to make sure that you’re reporting the truck accident and getting information from the truck driver, such as:
- Their driver’s license information
- The name of the trucking company for which they work
- Any insurance information
- Vehicle plate number
There are a few things you need to do to safeguard your ability to pursue a claim. Two of the most important things to do include seeing a doctor and speaking with a lawyer.
When you see a medical professional, you’re ensuring that you’re focusing first and foremost on your recovery and your health. You’re also getting a medical record that you can later use with your legal team to determine what options you have moving forward to file a claim or go through a lawsuit to get the compensation you need.
At Slusser Law Firm, our Luzerne County truck accident attorneys are committed to helping you through the process with a focus on recovering the justice and compensation you need. We work quickly to protect your rights and champion your case to a favorable outcome.