Falling into the general category of traffic accident legislation, truck accident law governs how people should behave following a trucking collision. It also outlines how fault will be determined and whether an individual is eligible to file a personal injury claim. Immediately following a truck crash (or any motor vehicle accident), involved parties are legally bound to:
- Take care of the injured. While those with first aid training should try to help injured parties, someone should also contact law enforcement and emergency response units. Ideally, the person contacting the police will be able to tell how many are injured, so the appropriate number of units respond.
- Turn on hazard lights and, if possible, use flares to warn oncoming drivers if the collision is in the roadway.
- Stay at the scene of the accident until the police clear them to leave.
- Collect information from the other driver(s), any witnesses and the police. Those involved may also want to take some personal notes regarding the location, the direction of travel, what each car was doing prior to and during the accident, etc.
Getting Legal Help
Following any necessary medical care, injured victims and their families have a right to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about their legal rights and options. In many cases, injured victims will be able to seek compensation for their injuries by filing a legal claim against the responsible parties, whether it is a truck driver, a driver of another vehicle, or a manufacturing company whose truck parts malfunctioned.
No matter who is at fault, it is important for injured persons to seek legal help so they can get financial compensation to help them pay for the damages they face.
When Victims Are Entitled to Compensation
Whether a truck accident victim suffers broken bones, permanent disability or wrongful death, injured parties - including families of those killed in trucking collisions - may be eligible for financial compensation when there is evidence of another party's negligence.
Specific examples of negligence that have been linked to serious truck accidents include:
- Driver distraction or fatigue
- Driver intoxication
- Driver inexperience
- Excessive vehicle weight
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Poor weather and/or road conditions
- Poorly secured loads
- Vehicle equipment failure
- Defective truck parts (e.g. tires, brakes, etc.)
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious truck accident, it is in your best interest to speak with a qualified attorney about your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation exceeding the amount of property damage and medical bills. Other damages that you be able to seek compensation for include medical and treatment costs, physical disfigurement, permanent disabilities, lost wages and emotional suffering. For more information about your specific rights, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer today.