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Establishing liability in a truck accident

Large trucks tend to flood the highways in Virginia and other states across the nation. Because they can hold large shipments and travel great distances, these vehicles are ideal for transporting goods. Additionally, interstate and intrastate commerce rely on these vehicles to get these shipments to their destinations in a timely manner. Because weather can sometimes impact the ability to get somewhere on time, some truck drivers decide to take the risk of traveling when the roads are covered with rain, snow, sleet or ice. This can increase the danger of accidents. Truck drivers may also travel for a longer period of time than they are permitted, driving faster than they should.

A negligent truck driver or trucking company can cause a truck accident. Both parities are required to follow federal trucking regulations, which ensures that drivers are properly trained, get enough rest between shifts and do not go over the hours of service regulations. When truck drivers or trucking companies do not follow these rules, and an accident ensues, they could face liability.

Federal laws regulate the trucking industry. State laws also apply when a truck is operating in it. These laws help victims of a truck accident determine if either or both the truck driver and trucking company are responsible for the accident. Various causes are looked at following a truck crash. Did the driver get enough rest? Did they work more hours than they are permitted? Was the weight of the truck over the maximum permitted? Was the truck carrying hazardous waste? Was quality control of the truck carried out?

Looking at these and other areas trucking regulations cover can help truck accident victims determine cause and prove liability. A personal injury claim can help a victim hold a negligent party responsible, while also assisting with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Law: What You Need to Know," accessed Feb. 3, 2018

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