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Why are commercial truck crashes unique?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2021 | Truck Accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks are different than those that only involve smaller vehicles like cars. This is because of some unique issues commercial trucks present that are likely to affect your case or settlement.

In addition, your case may have several possible liable parties, which makes navigating such cases more complex.

There are special regulations for commercial trucks

There are several legal requirements that trucking companies must adhere to at both the federal and state level. Commercial trucks must also carry insurance that meets specific requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA).

Other areas where such regulations apply include the weight and cargo limits, hours of service, drug and alcohol use and log and record-keeping, among others.

Should you sue the driver or the trucking company?

Even when the truck driver is responsible for the accident, it is not always clear who should bear the financial burden. For example, suppose the driver is an employee of the trucking company and not an independent contractor. In that case, you may sue the employer for the accident as long as the driver’s acts were unintentional and within their scope of employment.

You can file a personal injury lawsuit against multiple parties responsible for your injuries. The downside of having multiple defendants is that it may be more challenging to arrive at a settlement, making a trial more likely.

Knowledge is power and having more information about truck accidents will help your case. Getting enough compensation will also go a long way in helping you cover medical costs and other expenses and damages.