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Determining Fault in a Truck Accident – What Every Victim Should Know

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Illinois truck accident lawyersData from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) indicates that around 90,000 truck accidents occur each year. Of those, nearly 4,000 result in a fatality. The remainder of those accidents lead to injuries that range drastically in severity, going from minor to life-altering. Unfortunately, the size and weight of semis mean the latter is far more likely to occur, and that can leave victims and their families at a serious disadvantage. Level the playing field with help from the following information on determining fault after a truck accident.

The Potential for Multiple At-Fault Parties

Although any automobile accident can have multiple at-fault parties, the propensity for two, three, or more negligent parties is far more likely in a semi crash. This is due, in part, to the various components of the trucking industry, including:

  • The driver, who may be independently employed or employed by the truck company;
  • The trucking company that either employs or regulates the employee;
  • Company that owns or leases the truck to the company or driver;
  • Maintenance technicians; and
  • Loaders that are responsible for ensuring that freight is safely loaded and secure.

Any one, or even several of these parties may ultimately be responsible for a truck accident. However, they are not the only at-fault parties that a victim must think about. A Utah accident between a FedEx truck and a train prove that even non-trucking industry parties may be at fault in an accident. In that situation, the fault allegedly rested with worker responsible for keeping the railroad crossing in safe, working order.

Navigating the Complex Claims Process

With so many potential negligent parties, victims often find themselves overwhelmed with the claims process of a truck accident. Thankfully, there are some ways to make the process easier. First, victims are encouraged to seek experienced legal counsel. Not only can this ease the process for the victim, but it can also decrease the risk of a denied, reduced, or delayed claim. Accident victims are also encouraged to seek a full investigation of the crash to ensure all negligent parties are held accountable. An attorney can help with this as well.

Contact Our Joliet Truck Crash Lawyers

If you or someone you love has recently experienced a truck accident, contact Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Our seasoned Joliet truck accident lawyers will aggressively protect your rights and best interest. Committed to your future, we will pursue the most favorable outcome for your situation. Schedule your personalized consultation to get started. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Sources:

http://fox13now.com/2017/01/30/uta-fires-employee-for-causing-accident-involving-frontrunner-train-fedex-truck/

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/research-and-analysis/large-truck-crash-causation-study-analysis-brief

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014

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