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Truck Accidents: Who is at Fault?

Posted on in Personal Injury

Consider the following questions which will help determine fault.

  • Was the driver exceeding the speed limit?
  • Did the driver make a dangerous or illegal turn?
  • Was the driver distracted by texting or cell phone use?
  • Was the accident due to poor maintenance of the truck?
  • Had the driver failed to follow regulations for how many hours they could drive?
  • Was the driver taking appropriate precautions for the weather conditions?
  • Did the driver brake properly?
  • Did the driver secure the load on the truck appropriately?
  • Was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Did the driver ignore a road sign, such as a stop sign?

Even if a mechanical failure has occurred, it may be due to negligence of the driver. The driver is required to keep the truck in good working condition. If they failed to do this, and it caused the accident, they can be found at fault. They are also negligent if they were aware of an issue, but continued to drive the truck anyway.

If you suspect that the truck driver may have been at fault for the accident, contact us. Even if you are unsure, it is worthwhile to evaluate further. It is possible that the driver was not at fault but another issue caused the accident. Examples include a manufacturing defect or an improperly maintained road. In these cases, you deserve a settlement for your injuries and damage as well.

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