Common Trucking Accident Questions
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If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you many have a lot of questions regarding your case. The team at Truck Accident Firms answers the most frequently asked questions below. Our team is dedicated to connecting truck accident survivors with the best legal representation for their case. If you have additional questions or want to find the best attorney in your area, contact us at (844) 913-7900 or fill out an online form today!
What should I do after an accident?
The first thing you should do after an accident is seek medical treatment. Once you’re physically safe, you should also contact law enforcement to get a police report and gather as much information from the scene as possible. This may include pictures of the scene and eyewitness testimony.
The most important thing you can after an accident is contact an experienced attorney who will help you get compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered.
What if I was partially at fault?
Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still seek compensation for the damages caused. In some states, compensation is determined by "comparative negligence," which splits the responsibility for damages based on percentage of fault. In this case, the amount of liability would be determined by comparing negligence between the two parties. An individual's recovery for damages would be reduced by their percentage of fault.
For example, let’s say a driver is 10% at fault and a trucker is 90% at fault. Whatever the final verdict or settlement, the plaintiff would receive 90% of it (since they were 10% at fault).
Who can be sued after an accident?
Multiple parties can be liable for a truck accident. They may include the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the leasing company who owns the truck, the shipper or freight loader, or the manufacturer of the truck or truck parts. An experienced attorney can investigate your case to determine which parties may have contributed to the truck accident.
How many hours can truck drivers work?
Truck drivers are limited to an 11-hour daily driving limit and a 14-hour work day limit. Truckers are also limited to a 70-hour maximum work week to prevent them from driving fatigued and becoming a hazard on the road. However, truck drivers often violate the regulations and drive over the hours of service limit.
How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
Truck accident attorneys work off a contingency fee basis, which means that they don’t charge you a fee until, and unless, they win your case. The full cost of investigation and litigation is covered by your attorney, allowing you to focus on healing.
What are common truck failures?
Some of the most common truck failures include defective brakes, worn tires, lighting problems, or engine problems. It is a trucking company’s responsibility to ensure that their trucks are properly maintained to prevent putting their truck drivers and neighboring vehicles at risk of a catastrophic accident.
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