Determining fault in a rear-end truck accident

March 8, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

If you were involved in a rear-end motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions.

Rear-end accidents involving semi trucks are more common that you one might think. You may have been hit by a semi truck either when you were stopped or slowing, or you may have hit a semi truck that had stopped or had slowed. In either scenario, the fault may lie with the semi truck driver or the trucking company.

In the case where your car was rear-ended by a semi truck, driver fatigue, driver distraction such as using a cell phone, driving without proper sleep or speeding may have been factors. There may have been mechanical problems with the semi truck due to poor maintenance including worn or imbalanced tires or worn brakes which lead to the accident.

In cases where you hit a semi truck, there may have been factors that caused the accident including the rig not being parked off of the road or parked illegally, or the semi truck may have had faulty brake lights.

Finding the trucking company or driver negligent

In any motor vehicle accident case negligence must be proved. A driver or business is negligent if they failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid an accident. If the truck driver was committing a traffic infraction at the time of the accident or if they broke rules about driving time or the maintenance of their vehicle, the trucking company and the driver may be liable for injuries sustained in an accident or for wrongful death.

Defendants in a trucking accident case

In order to obtain compensation for personal injuries or wrongful death in a motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck, your attorney will identify potential defendants including the truck driver and the trucking company as well as other possible defendants including contractors, mechanics, contractors and insurance companies who may be legally responsible for injuries. There may be multiple insurers and insurance policies to deal with.

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Damages in a trucking accident case

If you were the injured party in an accident involving a semi truck and the commercial truck driver was at fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages including medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering. If a loved was killed, you may be able to seek compensation for damages on behalf of your deceased loved one under Washington's wrongful death statute.

Bellevue attorney represents Washington victims of trucking accidents

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue injury law firm, has more than 30 years experience representing victims of trucking accidents and their families. We recommend you connect with our law firm as soon as possible after your accident so that legal filings are met and your rights are protected.

Call us today at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.