The insurance comapny has enough money to do all they can to escape liability, meaning you are less likely to recover damages if the at-fault party is a commercial truck driver.
According to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 11,000,000 commercial trucks were operating on the roads in America in 2018. That is a substantial amount of trucks with which we commonly share the road.
With so many commercial trucks operating in the roadways, accidents are not uncommon. Unfortunately, many, if not most, accidents involving trucks are severe, causing catastrophic injuries.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, you undoubtedly have many questions about your truck accident case. One of which may be why truck accident cases are so complicated.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
It’s also not uncommon to find a trucking company with a long-established compensation policy favoring faster speeds and longer drive times. To boost their bottom line, a trucker may be tempted to ignore federal regulations or violate posted speed limits.
Trucking companies can be held liable for truck accidents if they fail to:
- Regularly inspect or repair their trucks
- Properly train new-hires
- Provide adequate training
- Allow their drivers to follow an unrealistic schedule
When truck drivers and trucking companies ignore safe driving habits, maintenance procedures, or federal regulations, accidents occur.
Who is Liable for Your Truck Accident?
Truck accident cases are so complex because they typically include multiple parties and factors. There is an overwhelming amount of scenarios that can complicate a truck accident case. A tractor-trailer could strike more than one vehicle, could be carrying heavy loads belonging to other parties or could be violating several laws. One or a combination of these factors makes the case complicated.
When a truck accident involved multiple parties, assigning fault can be incredibly challenging. A truck driver, their employer, the cargo owner, the manufacturer of truck parts, or even the city or state that maintains the roads could all share some of the fault for the accident.
Insurance Companies Complicate the Situation
Trucking companies carry huge insurance policies, and the insurance company’s job is to pay out as little as possible. They have enough money to do all they can to escape liability, meaning you are less likely to recover damages if the at-fault party is a commercial truck driver.
Free Truck Accident Consultation
For more than 25 years, the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann has provided truck accident victims with the necessary information to make the right choices so that they can receive the best medical care, benefits, and income. We have the experience and resources necessary to help you recover the damages you may be entitled to receive.
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The St. Louis truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can help you hold the responsible party accountable and seek the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Give us a call today for a FREE case evaluation.