In dealing with the physical and emotional strain caused by a collision with a large truck, individuals and families are often overwhelmed by the prospect of pursuing compensation for medical bills and other expenses. You cannot be certain the insurance companies will provide the full measure of coverage you need, so it is important to know exactly who can be held responsible for a truck accident and how to notify those parties of your intention to seek compensation.
When it comes to responsibility for a victim’s injuries, the trucking industry is exceedingly complex. The parties to these accidents go to great lengths to buffer themselves from liability. Still, it is important that all potentially liable parties are notified of your injuries in a timely manner.
Those potentially liable parties may include the truck driver, the trucking company, the company that leased the truck, the vehicle manufacturer, defective part manufacturers, the company that improperly loaded the truck and any other motorists who may have contributed to the crash.
Proper vehicle maintenance is crucial to the safe operation of a tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle. Failure to maintain large trucks is a common cause of accidents. Likewise, truck drivers must keep hours-of-service logs, and these must be reviewed to determine whether fatigue or truck driver error was a contributed factor.
Federal regulations are in place to help ensure trucking safety, but unfortunately truck drivers, trucking companies and third parties in the industry too often fail to follow the rules. With offices throughout Ohio, the attorneys of Chester Law Group have extensive knowledge of trucking laws and requirements. Our lawyers conduct in-depth investigations to establish liability and pursue the maximum in compensation for victims of truck accidents.