Compared to a collision between two personal-use vehicles, a collision involving a commercial truck can be far more serious. The weight of a fully loaded commercial truck is approximately 25x more than that of your typical car. Truck accidents with other vehicles sometimes result in severe or even fatal injuries because of the truck’s enormous weight difference and the laws of physics. They also cause extensive property damage. Having said that, we will now examine who may be at fault for the accident.
The Truck Driver
The truck driver is typically the first person to blame in these situations. Some truck drivers have a tendency to make the same errors that car drivers do. The main distinction is that their errors frequently cause greater harm. The truck driver may be partially or entirely responsible for the collision if any of the following occurred: drunk driving, improper lane changes, disobeying traffic signs, or inattentive driving.
The Trucking Company
If a trucking company fails to take reasonable safeguards when hiring its drivers or compels its employees to operate in hazardous conditions, it may be held accountable for the accident. Despite the tight federal and state regulations, some trucking companies nevertheless put pressure on their drivers to drive longer shifts, at risky times, and through hazardous weather.
The Freight Company
The majority of freight businesses rely on trucking companies and truck drivers to transport their goods from one place to another. If for instance, the freight company overburden or poorly packs items in an effort to reduce transportation costs, they may be held accountable if these infractions result in a car collision.
The Truck Manufacturer
Accidents involving commercial trucks are frequently caused by defective auto parts as well. A truck manufacturer can be responsible for the costs related to a crash involving that vehicle if mechanical problems result from design faults and poorly engineered parts.
When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, legal liability is not always evident. This is why you need an experienced Florida car accident attorney. James Piccolino Law, P.A. can combine his unique medical knowledge from years of practicing chiropractic medicine with the legal knowledge of truck accident cases to help you seek justice. Visit James Piccolino Law online to request a consultation.