According to an article on the website of Tennessee-based law firm Pohl & Berk, LLP, truck drivers are not always to blame in a truck accident. A truck driver cannot control the driving behavior of other vehicles in the vicinity such as staying in the no-zone or talking on the cell phone, either of which could lead to a collision.
In most cases involving a truck, the injured party is usually the one in the smaller vehicle. And since large trucks such as 18-wheelers are harder to control and take longer to come to a full stop, a crash always seems to be their fault, but that may not be the case at all. A truck accident defense attorney would be able to initiate an investigation which may establish how much of the accident can be laid at the truck driver’s fault.
In some cases, the truck driver may be at-fault but the originating cause is the employer i.e. hiring incompetent drivers. In yet others, road conditions or the weather could be the causative factors. And then there are the cases when the truck driver is simply negligent, reckless or tired and endangers the lives of other drivers. All these things will come out in the investigation, in which fault can be assigned.
Of course, such investigations are seldom cut-and-dry. Many legitimate personal injury cases get dismissed; fault is erroneously ascribed; the true culprits are never made to pay for their actions. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Jeff Benton point out that such accidents often have a lasting and devastating impact on all concerned, but most especially for the innocent. It is the responsibility of the lawyer to make sure that the right facts come to light and justice is done both in criminal and civil court.
Truck accidents are devastating, both emotionally and physically. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer today. An attorney can help guide you through your case and support you through this difficult time.