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Why truck drivers are not always solely to blame for an accident

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Victims of a crash with an 18-wheeler have every right to pursue compensation for their losses and ongoing medical care. But who is at fault for the accident? While it is true that human error or negligence behind the wheel can play a massive role in collisions, it is not always the case.

It is crucial after an accident for professionals to investigate the exact cause of the crash to build a case for compensation. Here are some situations where a truck driver may not be solely at fault.

Many truckers are employees

Everyone has a certain responsibility for the safety of the vehicle they drive. Yet, truck drivers often do not own their own vehicles. They rely on the trucking company to provide them with a vehicle that is in full working order each day.

Crashes due to a mechanical error, and not the fault of the driver, happen more often than many people think. If it is determined that the mechanical error was a result of negligence in truck maintenance or faulty parts, other entities besides the driver could be held responsible.

Trucking firms control driver schedules

Let’s say a driver falls asleep at the wheel and hits you. The obvious answer is that they should never have been driving when they were so tired. Yet, the company they worked for may have put them under pressure to do so. When that happens, you have every reason to expect that their employer takes responsibility for your losses.

Getting the full amount of compensation you deserve in a truck crash is not always straightforward. It requires the help of someone who is knowledgeable and will fight for your rights.