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FAQs on Truck Accidents

Accidents are always dangerous, but when very large commercial trucks are involved the risks of injury and death are multiplied. Often these vehicles are carrying large quantities of hazardous materials. Due to their great size, weight and potential for hazards these commercial vehicles are held to higher legal safety standards than the average vehicle.If you have been in an accident with one of these vehicles, there is a chance you are entitled to compensation for your injuries or any damages sustained. You will need to contact your legal representatives for specific information. Nevertheless, the following article contains information on how accidents involving commercial trucks are handled.

1. Q: I have heard that accident involving commercial trucks can be especially dangerous even causing death. My question is what can be considered a “commercial vehicle”?

A: The facts don’t lie, commercial transportation must be fast and efficient, but when safety is not considered the dangers can be life threatening. Commercial trucks are those that are used to transport commercial goods and materials. Example include 18-wheelers, big rigs, delivery trucks and other large freight vehicles. Typically, a special commercial license would be needed to drive a commercial vehicle, as they are larger than your regular vehicle and sometimes have a specific purpose, like a cement truck.

2. Q: Why is a truck accident more likely to result in loss of life than an average passenger vehicle?

A: Your average car weighs about 3, 000 pounds compared to the 80,000 pounds of moving metal and goods found in the average commercial truck. The basic laws of physics say that the weight and velocity of such a truck will cause exponentially more damage if it were to collide with an average car or another large truck. This greater damage can result in serious injury and death.

3. Q: What are the most common factors that contribute to these serious accidents?

A: while no two situations are the same, the most frequent culprits for these egregious accidents are the performance and characteristics of the commercial truck. This includes the visibility, handling and braking capacity of the driver. These accidents can also be caused by the ignorance of the driver in the passenger car. Very large vehicle has a larger blind spot than a smaller car and this in itself has led to accidents too numerous to count.

4: Q: I was injured in a commercial accident, and it was definitely not my fault. Can I get compensation from time missed at work?

A: Yes. Included in the suit you make with your truck accident attorney you can include compensation for earning capacity as well as the missed work caused by accident related injuries. If you decide to press charges you will talk with your lawyer about how to best go about this.

5. Q: My daughter was in an accident with a large commercial truck carrying some hazardous materials. She has since developed some respiratory conditions; can we sue the truck driver and the shipper of these products?

A: There may be some situations where the shipper handling hazardous cargos will be held responsible for any injuries caused by this shipment. If the shipper failed to notify the driver or company of the type of cargo being carried. Special precautionary measures are in place to ensure these things don’t happen. If the shipper did not inform the company, the guilt could lie with them.

6. Q: I’ve heard that driving in the NO Zone of a commercial truck can be very dangerous? What is a “No Zone”?

A: the No Zone is the area around the truck that are directly beside and behind a commercial truck. These are blind spots and an especially large truck will not see a car in these locations and can execute a dangerous maneuver.

7. Q: Can I sue the truck driver’s trucking company for my injuries?

A: This depends on the relationship between the shipping company and the driver. If the driver is a directly employed by the company, it could be that the company is responsible for the actions of their employee. Many times, this is not the case as the driver is a sub-contractor of the company. In a situation like this it comes down to the capacity of the trucking company to supervise their operations.

8. Q: I was involved in an accident where the 18-wheeler had jackknifed. Sounds pretty open and shut to me.

A: Not necessarily. The fact that the truck jackknifed is not proof that the operator is a negligent. As a matter of fact, there are many different types of situations and often jackknifing is the only way to avoid a more serious catastrophe. For example, an operator who has gotten their rig jackknifed to avoid a serious collision with a motorist, or caused by a slippery road that was unavoidable may not be considered negligent operations by the law.

9.Q: I was involved in an accident but may have been partially to blame, is there still a chance I will win the case?

A: This largely depends on how much of the blame you had in the accident. This will have to be defined by what the legal community calls “comparative negligence”. This means that the amount of responsibility you have is determined by the amount of negligence the other party exhibited in relation to your own. The other party’s portion of the liability will determine the amount of damages they must pay. Many states follow a principle governing comparative negligence that says that if your own carelessness was responsible for 50 or even 51 % of the damages, then you can’t collect from the other party. Different states will have different applications of this system.

10. Q: When should I get legal advice on your commercial truck accident?

If you have been injured, this is going to impact your life more than you can expect. In addition to, missing time form you work you can miss out on much more from your life. And all because of the negligence and carelessness of another party. You are no doubt going to have doubts and questions so you will need to find a qualified legal counsel to help guide you through this process. You will want to get you attorney and expert legal representation on your side from the very beginning.

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