How Do I Assess Fault After My Trucking Accident?

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Trucking accidents may not be the most common type of auto accident, but they may result in the most devastating forms of injuries. If this is your case, then you must do everything in your power to recover from the injuries you did not deserve to take on. This starts with properly identifying the at-fault party to hold accountable in a personal injury claim. Read on to discover how to determine legal fault after a trucking accident and how a seasoned Tampa truck accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you move forward with your claim accordingly.

How might I get injured after a trucking accident?

If you were in a standard motor vehicle or on a motorcycle at the time of your trucking accident, you may not have been afforded nearly enough protection against the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck. This is unfortunately all the more true if you were a mere pedestrian involved in such a catastrophic event. This is all to say that going up against a commercial truck may make your injuries quite serious, if not life-altering. More specific examples are as follows:

  • You may incur a head injury that may lead to a traumatic brain injury.
  • You may incur whiplash that may lead to a serious neck injury.
  • You may incur a spinal cord injury that may lead to paralysis.
  • You may incur internal bleeding that may lead to organ failure.
  • You may incur broken, fractured, or dislocated bones.
  • You may incur permanent facial disfigurement from burns, lacerations, etc.

How do I assess legal fault after my trucking accident?

You must not rush judgment on who is to blame for your trucking accident. This is because you want to file your personal injury claim against the appropriate party, so that you may have the best chance at recovering from your injuries. Without further ado, you may assess who is legally at fault for your trucking accident in the following ways:

  • A truck parts manufacturer may be legally at fault if it effectively designed a truck’s brakes, steering, transmission electrical systems, etc.
  • A trucking company may be legally at fault if they schedule a driver to work more than the federally-enforced driving window.
  • A trucking company employee may be legally at fault if they improperly load a trailer before sending it out onto the road.
  • A truck driver may be legally at fault if they negligently violate any of the trucking rules and regulations enforced by Florida law.
  • Another involved driver may be legally at fault if they recklessly veer into the truck driver’s path and cause them to lose control.

Even if you are only considering a personal injury claim, you must first consult a competent Tampa auto accident lawyer from Merricks Law Group, PA. Contact our firm today.

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