Who's At Fault?

Trucking accidents can be devastating. These large, fast-moving vehicles can cause serious accidents that may leave you with severe injuries and a destroyed vehicle. Sometimes they result in death.

There are many reasons a trucking accident happens. In some cases, the fault may rest completely with the driver, in other cases the accident may be caused by a manufacturing defect. This is why there is usually more than one defendant in a trucking accident.

While the driver is ultimately the person who hit you, the trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies could also be obligated to compensate you for your injuries and damages.

Trucking companies are required to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, which is designed to keep individuals safe on the road. Often times, drivers and/or trucking companies violate these rules. As a result, accidents happen, causing injuries and deaths.

Depending on the situation of the collision, one or more of the following factors may come into play when determining who is at fault:

  • The driver
  • The manufacturer of the truck
  • The freight company
  • Weather
  • Maintenance
  • Road conditions
  • Supplier of brakes, tires, hydraulics
  • The shipper or the loader of the cargo

There is no mystery that trucking accidents pose a greater risk of injury to victims compared to other motor vehicle accidents. This is due to the truck’s size, and the skill required in handling these large vehicles. Further complicating matters is that trucks often carry heavy and hazardous materials.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you need to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney immediately. When you work with Welebir | Tierney, you work with dedicated and highly experienced legal professionals who thoroughly investigate your case and help determine who is at fault in order to bring the wrongful party to justice.

You deserve compensation after an accident, and we can help you obtain it. We are located in San Bernardino for your convenience.

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