All automobile accidents can cause frustration. But, accidents caused by commercial trucks can be particularly difficult. This is because commercial trucking companies have many parties involved. This can make it hard to figure out liability for the accident. Determining what caused the accident is the first step in figuring this out. You should also figure out how many people are to blame in the accident.
What To Do After An Accident
No matter what kind of automobile accident you get in, there are some steps that you should follow. Just as in a regular accident, you should write down the information of the other driver. You should also call the police. A police officer will come to the scene of the accident. They will assess the damages and file a police report about the accident. Once this is taken care of, you should visit the nearest hospital. Check yourself into the emergency room. Explain to the doctor that you got in a car accident. The doctor knows the correct questions to ask about the accident and how you feel. Once you are diagnosed for your injuries, ask for a copy of the medical report. Your insurance company will need it when you file a claim.
One of the major differences between accidents caused by cars and those caused by trucks has to do with liability. This issue arises when it is time to make your personal injury claim. This is because there are usually many parties involved in a truck accident. Any party involved in a trucking business could be responsible for the accident. This includes:
- The driver.
- The company hired to carry the cargo.
- The employer of the driver.
- The truck owner.
- The shipper or manufacturer of dangerous materials (in some cases).
Liability creates a relationship between the truck driver and these other parties. This happens under the respondeat superior theory. Even so, determining liability in trucking accidents can seem extremely difficult. This is especially true when figuring out third party liability. In contrast, there is usually one person to make a claim against in a regular automobile accident.
Personal injury lawyers are especially helpful in cases that involve commercial trucks. Personal injury lawyers can sort out who is liable in your case. This ensures that you receive compensation from all responsible parties. Ruane Attorneys is happy to help with a truck accident case. We can review your situation and answer your questions. For more information, contact our office today.