Any time a person is involved in an accident it can be a stressful event. Even a “simple” fender bender can result in damages and injuries. This is multiplied when an accident involves a big rig. Just like the big rigs themselves, trucking accidents are larger, cause more damage, and cost more money.
Who is involved?
Whether the truck is in a solo accident such as jackknifing, being blown over by the wind, or a tire blows causing the driver to lose control, or involving a passenger vehicle or another truck makes a big difference in the post-accident process. The other thing to consider is whether or not the driver was qualified to be operating the vehicle. The US requires semi-truck drivers to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This certifies that they have met all of the criteria required to safely operation the vehicle. If they do not hold this license, they and/or the company that hired them could be liable for any and all damages and injuries resulting from the accident.
Unlike passenger vehicles, there are more laws and regulations with the operation of commercial trucks. Many times the drivers are employees of a larger company that owns the trucks. This means that there are also different insurances that are kept depending on who owns the truck, who is operating the truck, what is being transported etc. When an accident takes place then, there will be more agencies involved in the investigation to determine who is responsible and who should pay for any damages. The highway patrol, department of transportation, any attorneys involved, insurance agencies, and the company who owns the truck are all parties who will have an interest in finding out what happened.
Contact an Truck Accident Attorney | Bryan Caulfield
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you should hire representation immediately. The process following truck accidents can result in a whirlwind of questions, investigations, doctor’s appointments, etc., and you should leave the stress of dealing with the legal aspects of your case to the experts. Contact the Tampa Bay injury attorney, Bryan Caulfield at 800.535.2529 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your case and how to best proceed.