One of the main differences between commercial trucks and passenger cars, besides the obvious difference in size, is that those driving passenger cars aren’t working on the clock and their cars are personal vehicles, while truck drivers are working while on the road and drive company-owned vehicles. When a truck causes an accident, many victims wonder whether they need to hold the truck driver or their company liable for damages. The answer is that it depends on the unique situation. A truck accident lawyer can work with you to determine who to hold responsible.
If the truck driver who caused your accident is working within their employment scope when the accident occurs, and the actions weren’t intentional, they aren’t usually liable for the accident.
In certain cases, the truck driver could be held responsible if they:
In many cases, trucking companies are the ones held liable in the event of an accident.
Companies may be held responsible for injuries based on:
A dedicated truck accident lawyer is trained in determining liability and can help you figure out who needs to be held responsible for your injuries. Injuries from truck accidents are typically more serious and can include broken bones, fractures and sprains, spinal cord and neck injuries, and head and brain trauma.
In some cases, truck accidents are not caused by driver error, but because of vehicle malfunctions. When this happens, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be found responsible for designing or producing a vehicle with a dangerous defect. If, for example, the brakes fail because of some type of system glitch, the manufacturer could be held liable for the damage caused as a result.
It’s important to remember that each accident is different, which is why it is crucial that you work with an experienced truck accident attorney to get to the bottom of your case. Our Detroit personal injury attorneys can work with you to investigate the circumstances of your crash and determine who may be liable for the harm you suffered.
We’ve achieved a $2 million settlement on behalf of a college student who was run over by a semi, as well as a $1.4 million settlement for a client who was T-boned by a semi that ran a red light at full speed. We understand how catastrophic truck accident-related injuries can be, and we fight tirelessly so our clients won’t have to worry about missing work or how they’re going to repair their property damages.
Contact Goodman Acker P.C. online or at (248) 286-8100 if you’re a victim of a truck accident. Because of their size and weight, trucks can cause devastating accidents resulting in serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Our team can seek full compensation for your damages so won’t need to worry about paying your bills.
We have been helping accident injury victims in Michigan win the maximum settlement for their injuries for 25+ years.
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If you have been wrongly injured, we would be happy to review the specific details of your case to determine how we can help.