There is nothing quite so stressful and potentially lethal as a commercial truck accident. The damage to your car is itself almost always overwhelming and that is not factoring in possible physical injury that you might have sustained. However, getting help from insurance companies is often a dreadful experience and many unscrupulous providers will try to avoid paying you what is fair. For situations like this, it really helps to have a trained truck accident lawyer backing you up.
The attorneys of Robert White are trained in a variety of personal injury cases in Odessa. If you are having trouble determining fault in a truck accident, you should try using the information below to help.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents are caused by any number of things: from driver error and bad weather to mechanical failure and stoplight malfunctions. Of these, driver error is the easiest to prove. Many times the accident itself is the indicator: a rear-end or left-turn accident tends to be the fault of one particular driver. Driver fatigue can also play a role here.
If something breaks within the truck itself, fault can become a whole lot trickier to pinpoint. A malfunction can be a manufacturing or design flaw but it can also be the result of improper use on the part of the driver. Defective steering, transmission failure and brake failure are all instances of mechanical failure.
What About the “Black Box?”
Like in airplanes, many commercial trucks come with “black boxes,” which can record some very important bits of legal info. For example, the truck’s speed, travel duration, brake statistics and GPS location can all be recorded on the “black box.” You just need to make sure you obtain a copy of the “black box” contents before the trucking company can get rid of it.
Who is at Fault?
Federal law regulates the trucking industry in this country. As a result, there are many safety protocols to be followed that can help you to determine fault. You have to keep in mind, however, that there are many different people who could potentially be at fault: the driver, the truck owner, the truck leasing company, the truck manufacturer or the loader. As such, trucking companies will often attempt to pass blame to any one of the other links in the chain and you have to be prepared for the legal headache.
Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Like any car accident, there are a number of steps you should take when involved in a commercial truck accident: take pictures, call the police, fill out an incident report and exchange information with the other driver. You might then need to reach out to a truck accident lawyer for further help.
The attorneys at the offices of Robert White have many years representing individuals harmed in big accidents. If you need legal help, we want to be the ones to give it to you. So contact a representative of Robert White today to get started.