Truck accidents are a major cause of fatalities on the road. Any accident involving a large commercial vehicle may be catastrophic, leading to fatal injuries in most cases. The difference in size between commercial trucks and passenger cars leads to the terrible aftermath caused by these accidents. Trucks are rarely damaged in these unfortunate incidents, and passenger vehicles are the ones adversely affected.
Truck accidents are caused due to several reasons, and the truck driver might not always he held accountable. In some cases, unforeseen hazards or road conditions might lead to a horrific accident. Truck accidents may be caused, or escalated because of the freight carried by the truck. Trucks carrying hazardous waste, flammable gases or heavy equipment are dangerous for passenger vehicles.
If you are a victim in a truck accident, you have the right to claim compensation, medical expenses and other damages. It is important to make your case stronger by proving the negligence of the defendant. It must be established in court that the defendant owed the duty to the plaintiff to take reasonable care during transportation. Further you must prove that the defendant's failure to fulfill this duty lead to the injuries suffered.
Truck accident cases are complicated, and the defendant is not necessarily the truck driver. The driver's employer, contractors and any other party involved in transportation may be held responsible for the catastrophe. If the freight carried by the truck caused most of the damage, the shipper or manufacturer may be held accountable. You must also keep in mind that in some cases truck drivers might get some concessions, due to the sheer size of the vehicle. These special cases include jackknifing and turning accidents.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a commercial truck accident, it is advisable to contact an attorney. An experienced attorney will assess the situation and might be able to get you compensated.