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Who Is Liable For Trucking Accidents?

If you are involved in an accident with a big rig truck, it should not take a genius to figure out that you and your vehicle will sustain far more in property damages and bodily injuries. This is because a big rig is much bigger than your car and is therefore capable of doing far more damage! You should also know that your probability (and even the truck driver’s) of dying in an accident with a big rig is much higher than with a regular car. In any case, you are likely to suffer substantial pain and suffering as well. This combined with the property damage and bodily injury you have already sustained may take years to recover from. You may find it in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer in Hesperia, to help you win in court for these reasons.

Can the defendant prove you (the driver) were negligent?

The defendant can still prove you were negligent even though it is more difficult to given the more complex and difficult nature of commercial truck accidents. Part of the reason why is because there are often many at-fault parties involved. For example, if a driver was overtired and deliberately ignored the resting rules because he wanted to make more money, he is at full fault.However, (and this is why you need to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you in court) the driver was acting on behalf of the trucking company. You may be able to sue the trucking company and seek full monetary restitution. The same is true if your accident was caused by a driver who was incapacitated because of poor training.

Truck problems

You may even be able to sue the truck manufacturer. Your personal injury lawyer will explain that this is because the manufacturer is legally obliged to make safe trucks. After all, trucks with manufacturing defects can cause potentially fatal accidents. You can even sue retailers and distributors if they knowingly sold merchandise that was damaged during the transport process. Because trucks travel hundreds of thousands of miles a month, they need constant repair. You can sue a mechanic who did a less than perfect repair job.

Unsafe cargo

It is not uncommon for trucks to carry dangerous and heavy cargo. This cargo must be secured properly. The manufacturer of this cargo is also legally obliged to inform the trucking company about the dangerous nature of the cargo and its other hazards prior to shipping. You can sue the cargo manufacturing company for breach of this duty.It is possible to sue a truck driver and all related responsible parties in court provided you hire a good personal injury lawyer and know more about tort laws.