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How Fault is Determined in a Commercial Truck Accident

It is never fun getting involved in a car accident, and it is even worse when the other vehicle was a commercial truck. Now you have to deal with extensive physical and property damages and if the trucking company or insurance provider is avoiding paying you the compensation you deserve, you might feel a little powerless. However, instead of suffering in silence, you should turn to a truck accident lawyer to guarantee that you are getting the compensation you deserve.

The Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers has many years of experience representing victims of truck accidents, and we know what you need to watch out for when turning to the court system. It is especially important that you successfully prove fault if you hope to receive any benefits. The following tips will help you to do this.

Can the Type of Accident Prove Fault?

Yes and no. For a few accident types, fault is actually pretty easy to prove. For example, a rear-end or a left-turn collision is almost always a specific driver’s fault. That being said, a car accident can be caused by anything, not just driver error. Fatigue, for instance, is a major culprit in commercial trucking accidents. The weather can also play a part. Finally, equipment malfunction, such as transmission failure or brake failure, cause many accidents as well.

Is There a Black Box?

Airplanes have a black box that records many pieces of information during the flight that can be reviewed at a later date in event of an issue or problem. Many commercial trucks will have this as well, and when trying to prove fault in a truck accident, these black boxes can be crucial. Data recorded includes drive duration, speeds, use of brakes, GPS, etc., some of which might be very helpful in your legal case. You just want to act before the trucking company has time to erase the information.

Who is Ultimately Responsible?

Trucking companies will try to pass fault off to another individual or party to avoid paying out of pocket for your accident damages and unfortunately trucking companies have many options to do so. For example, a trucking company can shift blame to the truck drivers themselves, the truck renter, the truck loader, and even the truck manufacturer.

In all cases, this results in a ton of legal paperwork that can bog you down pretty quickly. You will therefore want to have a strong truck accident lawyer with you.

Learn More from a Truck Accident Lawyer Today

You should treat your truck accident much like you would any car accident: take pictures, exchange information, and fill out an incident report with the police. At this point, you may or may not decide to sue for damages. This is where the Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers can help.

We have been dealing with commercial trucking companies for years, and we can shield you from the legal headaches to keep you focused on recovering from your injuries. So to learn more about what a truck accident lawyer could do for you, contact a representative of the Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers today.

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