Who Is Responsible for Your Truck Accident Losses?
Truck accidents are nothing if not extremely dangerous and extremely injurious. If someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured in a truck accident, your losses are likely to be immense. The fact is that it’s important to get to the bottom of who is responsible for your losses, and an experienced NYC personal injury lawyer can help you do just that.
Your Complete Damages
The damages associated with truck accidents tend to be extensive and must be accounted for in their entirety in order for you to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to fully recover. Consider all of the following categories:
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
An important point to consider is that physical and emotional injuries can have overarching consequences that reach into your future and leave you with long-lasting health concerns.
Liability for Your Damages
When it comes to truck accidents, the most obvious source of liability is the truck driver himself or herself, but truck accident claims are complicated – and liability can take a variety of forms. Understanding the various sources of potential liability in your case can help you move forward with increased confidence.
The Truck Driver
The truck driver is a professional driver who obviously bears considerable responsibility related to safety. This responsibility includes conducting safety checks and regularly scheduled maintenance regarding the rig and its cargo. The following forms of truck driver negligence often play integral roles in dangerous truck accidents:
- Failure to adhere to the rules of the road, including the speed limit
Truck drivers are responsible for sharing the road safely with other vehicles, and when they fail to do so, they can be found liable for any truck accidents that happen as a result.
The Trucking Company
The trucking company also bears considerable responsibility regarding safety, including:
- Maintaining safe rigs
- Hiring safe, reliable, and experienced truck drivers
- Hiring experienced truck mechanics and providing them with the quality tools and parts they need to keep the fleet running safely
- Implementing careful safety and maintenance protocols
- Not pushing their drivers beyond the bounds set by strict hours-of-service regulations
The Truck Manufacturer
The manufacturer of the truck involved in the accident can share – or completely shoulder – fault. The truck’s manufacturer is responsible for implementing a safe truck design in the first place and for manufacturing trucks that operate safely on our roads. A flaw in manufacturing or design and/or the failure to appropriately warn regarding potential dangers can lead to dangerous truck accidents.
You Need an Experienced New York City Personal Injury Attorney in Your Corner
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