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Frequently Asked Questions about Trucking Accidents



Frequently Asked Questions about Trucking Accidents

Due to the potential for serious injury or even death, commercial vehicle accidents are particularly risky. Many dangerous or flammable goods are transported by commercial trucks, which are heavier and more cumbersome than passenger cars.

For this reason, truck drivers and manufacturers are held to a higher standard of accountability than other drivers. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be eligible to compensation. Read on for additional information on collisions involving commercial trucks.

Many people who are involved in commercial vehicle collisions suffer severe injuries, according to my research. Just what does it mean when you talk about a “business truck”?

There are many different types of commercial trucks, including the so-called “big rigs,” which are utilized for business and/or commercial transportation. Examples of huge freight trucks include 18-wheel tractor trailers, tanker trucks, delivery trucks, and other similar vehicles. Commercial trucks, on the other hand, are typically much larger, have a specialized purpose (like cement trucks), and require a commercial driver’s license in order to operate.

When a car and a truck collide, why is there a higher risk of injury?

Passenger cars typically weigh roughly 3,000 pounds, but commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. If a commercial truck and a smaller passenger vehicle collide, there is a good chance that the driver of the smaller vehicle will be seriously injured or even killed.

When a commercial truck and a passenger car collide, what are the most common reasons?

When it comes to these types of truck collisions, it’s common to see a combination of the commercial vehicle’s traits and performance capabilities along with a driver’s lack of awareness of those factors. In addition, large rigs have large blind spots, which makes them impossible to respond to some attacks.

The other driver’s carelessness resulted in a large truck crash that injured me. Is there a way to get paid for the hours I’ve missed at work?

Without a doubt, I would say that. When filing a personal injury claim with a car accident lawyer, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of income you would have earned if you had not been injured in the accident. In the event that you decide to take legal action, your truck accident lawyer will investigate all of the possible losses.

After colliding with a truck hauling a hazardous chemical, my daughter had lung problems. When it comes to a lawsuit, can we bring one against the chemical exporter and another against the truck driver?

There are certain circumstances under which, in some cases, a shipper of such hazardous substances may be held legally responsible for any damage caused by the truck’s cargo, particularly if they failed to notify the driver or their trucking company. Basically, the shipper is responsible for notifying the recipient.

Do you think it’s dangerous to drive in the “No-Zone” of a truck? How do you explain it?

If you are driving a commercial vehicle, you may encounter what is known as a “No-Zone,” which is a set of places behind and to the sides of your vehicle where you have little to no visibility, if any view at all.

Is it possible to sue the truck driver’s employer?

This is contingent upon the existence of an employment relationship between the truck driver and the hauling company. This means that under the “respondeat superior” legal doctrine, the company is legally responsible for the driver’s negligence. To establish a company’s obligation in an independent contractor situation might be difficult. When this occurs, the company’s level of oversight becomes the most important factor to consider.

An 18-wheeler “jackknifed” in a truck collision I was in. Is it possible to file a lawsuit against the truck driver without first consulting a lawyer?

That’s not always the case. In many accident scenarios, there is no realistic way to prevent a truck from jackknifing without causing another catastrophe, hence the fact that the truck jackknifes is not proof of operator negligence in and of itself. An object falling from another vehicle that didn’t secure its load, an abrupt move to avoid a driver who cut you off, or a stalled truck with no danger signals may be considered non-negligent jackknifing if the jackknifing was caused by the jackknifing.

If I was partially at responsible for the car accident, can I still win the lawsuit?

If the error is minor, you may not have to pay for it. “Comparative negligence” is a legal concept that determines the extent of another party’s responsibility for an accident by comparing their irresponsibility to your own. That party’s share of the resulting damages is defined by his or her percentage of responsibility. According to the modified comparative fault principle, if your own carelessness was 50 percent or 51 percent responsible for the accident, you are not entitled to compensation.