Q How Is Fault Determined in a Truck Accident?
As you drive along the freeway, you may feel especially vulnerable in your passenger vehicle next to large semi-trucks. That is because these trucks are capable of causing significant damage just because of their sheer weight difference over your small vehicle.
If you have been in an accident with a semi truck, it is not uncommon to think that the person driving the commercial truck is automatically at fault. It can feel this way because the size of his vehicle is bigger and the damage caused to your car is likely far worse than any damage done to the truck.
However, it’s not always the case that the truck driver is liable. Many factors go into determining who is at fault in an accident involving one of these large commercial trucks. Some of the factors that the insurance adjuster will consider are:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving conditions
- Dangerous roadways
- Vehicle maintenance
- Driver mistakes
Once the cause has been determined, it is not uncommon for the driver of the passenger vehicle to have some of the fault. This can cause you to lose money in your settlement, including coverage of medical costs, property damage and lost wages.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.