If you were recently involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you have an entirely different situation on your hands compared to an accident with a passenger vehicle. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you are going to want to work with an attorney as you pursue compensation for the accident. Here are 2 questions to ask.
#1: Who Was at Fault?
The first thing that needs to be determined is who was at fault. You are going to want to hire an accident investigator to determine this. Your account, the truck driver's account, and the police report all tell a part of the story. An accident investigator can put together all the different elements of the story to paint the entire picture of what happened and who should be held at fault in the accident.
If the truck driver was more than 50% at fault for the accident, then you have the ability to pursue damages against the truck driver. If you were ruled to be at fault for the accident, you should not go after the truck driver for damages.
#2: What Contributed To the Accident?
Determining who was at fault does not tell you who was responsible for the accident. With a commercial trucking accident, there are multiple parties that could be at fault. For example, if the truck driver's boss sent the driver out on a drive knowing that the driver had already clocked his or her maximum hours for the day, the company that employs the truck driver would be partially at fault for the accident. If part of the truck was not maintained correctly, the company in charge of maintenance for the truck would be partially responsible for the accident. Or if the truck recently passed a state or federal inspection but shouldn't have, that inspector would be partially at fault for the accident.
Determining what contributed to the accident will help you determine whom to pursue damages against. Your attorney can help you determine all the parties that should bear some responsibility for the accident and can work with you to make sure that they are held responsible for what happened.
If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you are going to want to work with an attorney to determine who was at fault and what contributed to the accident. Answering these questions can help you determine whom to pursue as you go after damages to cover your expenses related to the accident. For more information, contact firms like Otorowski Morrow and Golden, PLLC.