If you sustain severe injuries in a truck-car crash, you know first-hand how such an event can change your life.
What you might not realize is that multiple parties could share liability for the crash and therefore responsibility for the compensation owed to you as the victim.
Why truck-car crashes happen
Data indicates that human error causes 90% of truck-related accidents. However, various factors can come into play to cause a devastating truck-car crash:
- Poor weather conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Overloaded cargo
- Failing brakes, worn tires or other equipment malfunctions
- Poor road conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
What injuries commonly occur
Head injuries are a frequent result of a truck-related crash. The violent impact can cause the brain to move and strike the inside of the skull, causing a traumatic brain injury. Other serious issues related to this kind of accident include crushing injuries, loss of limb, loss of vision and paralysis, often caused by spinal cord injury, or SCI.
Who bears liability
Liability for the crash can involve not only the truck driver but also the trucking company that owns the vehicle. If faulty brakes or other components are to blame, the company that maintains the truck could bear negligence. If overloaded cargo causes a rollover, the person or company that loaded the truck may also be at fault.
How to proceed
As the injured victim of a truck-car crash, you should only have to focus on your recovery. You can depend on an advocate with experience in sorting out complex crashes to negotiate full and fair insurance compensation on your behalf to cover your current and future medical expenses and more.