There are so many unanswered questions when a semi-truck injures you in an accident. How long will it take to recover? Who will cover living expenses for your wife and children? Do pain and suffering entitle you to damages?
You deserve compensation for physical injuries and vehicle destruction, but it can be challenging to prove liability. Trucking accidents can involve the drivers, the trucking company, the manufacturer and more. Holding the correct party responsible is imperative in helping you heal and making sure you receive justice.
Who should pay?
Now, more than ever, it is dangerous sharing the road with large trucks. Truck-accident fatalities and injuries are on the rise. Georgia ranks ninth among states with the highest average of fatal large-truck and bus crashes.
But truck drivers are not always to blame. Manufacturers may be liable for defective parts and equipment. With so many moving parts on and off a rig, maintenance is a major concern. Here are potential issues involved in truck accidents:
- Faulty brakes. System failure, misalignment and corrosion often are at the center of rear-end crashes, which can be devastating when an 80,000-pound cargo truck slams into a car.
- Bad tires. Rapid deterioration, poor inflation and heat make tires prone to uneven tread patterns and potential blowouts that cause truck drivers to lose control.
- Steering failure. When drivers cannot direct their truck because ball joints and hydraulic lines stop working, lives are at risk.
- Flawed fuel tanks. Manufacturers still saddle diesel tanks on semi-truck sides, leaving them susceptible to deadly fires and explosions.
There should always be a paper trail. According to regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, companies must log serial numbers and records for every truck part inspected or replaced. Drivers must report every roadside incident or breakdown. Qualified inspectors must file annual reports with regulators.
Protect your interests
After a crash, trucking companies and their insurers might stockpile evidence to limit their liability in court. That is why it is important to investigate the crash, hold accountable whoever was responsible and ensure that party pays for your medical care.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, you deserve fair compensation. But it can take considerable time and resources to find who was at fault. Driver error might be easy to spot. Poor maintenance can be harder to prove. An attorney experienced with truck accidents can help you look in all the right places. You deserve a level playing field.