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Trucking Accidents 101: Who may be at fault for my injuries?

If you drive anywhere these days, chances are you share the road with a semi-truck. Those 18-wheel, multi-ton giants can wreak more havoc and loss in one serious collision than 10 fender benders in an average size vehicle. So who may be at fault in those accidents, and how do you pursue compensation for your injuries and losses?

Let's talk about semi-truck ownership and fault. While some trucks are independently owned and driven, most are owned or operated by a trucking company, by which the driver is employed. Therefore, when an accident occurs, there can be more than one person or entity at fault and held accountable. If the accident was caused by an inattentive truck driver, then that driver may be at fault. If an accident is caused by a defective auto part or poor maintenance, then the trucking company may be responsible, if they owned and maintained the truck.

The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal government, and drivers must abide by a set of trucking regulations. If it was the violation of one or more of those regulations that caused an accident, both the truck driver and the company may be at fault. The scenarios are not set in stone, but should give you some idea of how complicated a trucking accident case may become. For these reasons, and many more, if you are ever involved in a trucking accident it can help to work with an attorney who is highly experienced in such cases.

Injuries from a trucking accident are often catastrophic and life changing. They can require years of recovery and rehabilitation, as well as permanent disability. Families suffer from astronomical medical bills, lost wages, and many other economic damages as a result. Learn more about how to obtain the necessary compensation to help you live your best life after a trucking accident by visiting our truck accident page.

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