What happens after you or a family member has been in a commercial truck accident? Accidents that involve commercial vehicles tend to be more complicated than normal car accidents. Why is this?
Commercial trucks are significantly bigger than other passenger vehicles and are sometimes carrying hazardous materials or flammable materials that can cause very serious injuries.
Additionally, because commercial truck drivers are driving a vehicle on behalf of another party, there are often more than one person or entity that can be held liable for the accident.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about truck accidents.
What Exactly Is a “Commercial Truck”?
A commercial truck is a vehicle that is used in the course of business and/or for the transport of commercial goods. Commercial trucks include: big rigs, tractor-trailers, delivery vehicles, and semi trucks. While some businesses use standard trucks for their activities, commercial trucks are generally very large trucks that require a special driver’s license to operate.
Commercial trucks are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a government agency that creates the federal regulations that provide safety oversight for commercial motor vehicles.
Can I Sue the Trucking Company for My Injuries?
Whether you can sue the trucking company and their insurance company for your injuries depends on the relationship between the truck driver and the truck company. If an employment relationship is established, the trucking company can be held liable.
Sometimes, establishing the liability of the trucking company can be complicated if the truck driver is an independent contractor of the company. In this case, it’s important to get legal advice from an experienced car accident attorney who can help you establish that the truck driver was under the supervision of the truck company and that the trucking company was the trucker’s “employer.” Additionally, an experienced trucking accident attorney will be able to help you deal with insurance adjusters and conducting any necessary investigations. For example, if there is a question about how the accident happened, a personal injury attorney may be able to help obtain information from the commercial truck’s black box.
If I Was Partially At Fault Can I Still Win My Case?
If you were partially at fault for your accident, you may still be able to recover damages. In Nevada, the state follows a “modified comparative negligence” rule. Under this rule, a partially responsible accident victim is able to recover proportional compensation if her or she is less than 50% responsible for the accident or injury.
What Are Some of the Most Common Reasons for Commercial Trucking Accidents?
Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include larger blind spots, driver fatigue, alcohol and drug use, poor driver training, and poor truck maintenance.
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a commercial truck or tractor trailer and you would like to speak with a law firm with experienced truck accident lawyers, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
Our personal injury attorneys are ready to start working on your truck accident case. Our phone number is (702) 857-6000. We offer Free Consultations.