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Determining responsibility for a truck accident

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries |

You’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, and you suffered significant injuries. Maybe a loved one passed away in the crash. You certainly were not the one who caused this tragic accident.

But who is responsible? The obvious answer is the truck driver, but that may not always be the case – or it may not be the only explanation. It’s important to understand why the accident happened.

These crashes can be very complex

You’ll often find that accidents are more complex than they first look. For instance, maybe you were just driving straight down the road when you suddenly saw the semitruck swerve into your lane. Before you could react, the truck hit your car.

But why was the semi in your lane? Maybe the driver was on their cellphone and got distracted so that they drifted across the center line. In a case like that, it’s clear that the driver is responsible because they were violating trucking regulations when they caused the accident.

But maybe the load in the back of the truck shifted. This pulled the truck to one side and the driver couldn’t stop it, no matter what they did. In a case like that, the fault could lie with the trucking company or the person who was responsible for loading and securing that vehicle. Of course, there are also cases where the company and the driver are both responsible.

Seeking compensation

Once it has been determined who is responsible for the accident, this can help you seek financial compensation from the responsible parties. Having legal guidance can help.

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