Victims of a trucking accident often have questions regarding liability. It might include the truck driver, the trucking company they work for, a truck manufacturer or parts manufacturer, trailer owner, owner of the load or even all of the above. Understanding the relationships between the individuals and entities that are connected will assist you in determining whether or not you have a valid legal claim. Because of the severe nature of a truck car accident and the fact that they are not handled in the same manner as accidents involving two cars, it is critical to seek legal advice from an experienced Pennsylvania truck lawyer who focuses their time and energy in this area.
According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) over the last two decades the number of trucking accidents has increased by approximately twenty percent. Although a large commercial truck is responsible for only three percent of motor vehicle accidents that result in injury, a trucking accident typically results in serious harm due to the sheer size and weight of a large truck. The trucking industry is governed not only by state laws, but also by federal regulations and laws. Agencies in charge of regulating the trucking industry include the USDOT and the FMCSA. The federal law establishes specific standards that the drivers and trucking companies must meet and frequently are the determining factor in who is liable for the truck accident.
Your Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer at the Lassen Law Firm has in-depth knowledge of these regulations and will launch an investigation into your accident claim that will include driving logs, hiring practices, training practices, truck maintenance logs, the "black box" onboard a commercial truck that records critical evidence at the time of the crash and far more.
It is common for the trucking company, leasing company, hauling company, etc. to argue amongst themselves about whose insurer will pay the compensation damages to the victim. The trucking company may state the accident was a result of defective brakes; the brake manufacturer may then blame the leasing company for failing to maintain the brakes on a regular maintenance schedule. These cases are very complex in nature, and it is important to bring on experienced legal counsel early in your claim.
Trucking companies have lawyers and accident reconstruction experts on retainer to defend them in the event of a crash and it is critical that you level the playing field by hiring your own skilled legal representation. Your lawyer will request a copy of the photos taken by the Highway Patrol, the accident report and far more as the insurance company will be using the same ones. He or she will also take measurements, statements from witnesses, and will make educated speculations as to how the accident may have occurred working with appropriate industry experts.
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