Truck Accident Lawsuit

Navigating a truck accident lawsuit can be difficult and complex. Individuals who are involved in a truck accident should immediately consult a truck accident attorney. A truck accident attorney can help accident victims to collect evidence, handle the appropriate documentation, and provide guidance throughout the legal process.

Truck Accident Negligence

Depending on the nature of the truck accident, a number of parties can be held liable. Negligent parties responsible for a truck accident may include the driver, the trucking company employing the driver, another driver involved in the accident, and third parties such as manufacturing and maintenance companies of the involved trucks or vehicles. In order to determine a truck accident lawsuit’s defendant, or party being sued, a number of factors must be examined to determine the cause of the accident.

Truck driver negligence can occur when the driver:

  • Is distracted while driving, such as eating or talking on a cell phone
  • Drives aggressively or recklessly
  • Drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disobeys traffic laws, such as speed limits or lane changing laws
  • Drives in a generally negligent manner

Trucking company negligence can occur when the company:

  • Poorly maintains the truck that was involved in the truck accident
  • Fails to perform adequate, thorough, and timely truck inspections
  • Poses unreasonable deadlines on the driver
  • Fails to follow federal and state trucking regulations
  • Improperly loads trucks, or overloads trucks

Third party negligence can occur when the party:

  • Manufactures defective vehicle parts, such as breaks, tires, and computer systems
  • Performs poor maintenance required from the party
  • Acts negligently toward other drivers

Truck Accident Lawsuit Process

Immediately after a truck accident, immediate scene investigation will occur on the part of the trucking company and its insurance company. These investigations are typically detailed and thorough. The investigation process may include collecting witness statements, taking photographs of the accident scene, and examining vehicles for the extent of damage.

Truck Accident Resolution

After the truck accident lawsuit is filed, the defendant and the plaintiff, or the party filing the lawsuit, may agree to reach a settlement. If a settlement is not agreed upon, the truck accident lawsuit may proceed to trial. A truck accident lawsuit may be determined by a judge or a jury. A truck accident lawsuit can take up to years to complete the proper gathering of evidence and the trial itself.

Truck Accident Lawsuit Challenges

When a truck accident lawsuit is filed against a trucking company, it can be difficult and time-consuming to collect damages. Larger trucking companies and their insurance companies are typically well-organized and well-funded. This allows these companies the power to provide extensive defenses in order to avoid losing a truck accident lawsuit and owing damages to the plaintiff. To defend against experienced companies, the plaintiff should seek a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer with a proven track record in truck accident lawsuit success.


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