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Truck accidents are often highly damaging. A person who is injured in a truck collision may sustain severe injuries, including catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. The cost of addressing these injuries is high, and coupled with high emotional distress.

For support and representation following a truck accident, contact Goodman Acker P.C. Our legal team can help you build a strong case against powerful trucking companies, so you can get the compensation you deserve.

Get in touch with our truck accident attorneys in Grand Rapids to schedule a free consultation. We can be reached through our online form or 24/7 via phone at (248) 793-2010.

Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?

As is the case in most vehicle collision claims, a driver will most often be primarily at fault for the damages caused by a truck accident. A truck driver will generally be labeled as most liable in a collision claim in cases that involve intoxication, driver fatigue, or reckless driving.

In cases that are not totally the fault of the individual driver, a variety of other parties may be involved. The driver’s employer/the trucking company is another party that may be liable. Trucking companies are responsible for hiring safe and competent drivers, administering regular maintenance checks, and ensuring their employees have plenty of rest time to prevent driver fatigue. Any failure to meet these responsibilities that results in an accident could be evidence of the trucking company’s liability. A vehicle manufacturer may be liable in cases where the malfunction of a truck part is responsible for the damages.

Evidence of Negligence in a Truck Accident

Commercial vehicle drivers are required by their employers and the law to maintain comprehensive records of the maintenance of their truck, their stops, routes, cargo weights, and work hours. These records can provide evidence of negligence if improper maintenance, driver fatigue, or an overweight vehicle contributed to an accident.

In cases in which the trucking company is at fault, we may be able to refer to the employee’s hiring documents for evidence of negligence. It is possible that the driver who caused your injuries was known to be incompetent, and hired despite evidence of previous offenses, a lack of experience, or a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Applications, job postings, interview transcripts, and training documents can all be used as evidence of negligent hiring practices.

Two types of evidence that are specific to truck accidents are the vehicle’s “black box” and records related to hours of service regulations.

The black box is a piece of equipment in trucks that collects data on the vehicle’s operations. It monitors the truck’s speed, acceleration, length of time driving, brake application, tire pressure, and a number of other elements. These metrics can provide insight into what happened before the accident, and what could have possibly contributed.

Hours of service regulations are federal laws that limit the amount of time a truck driver can work during a period of time. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that truckers can only drive for a maximum of 11 hours, and only after they have spent 10 hours not working. Truckers are required to keep logs of their time on the clock and hours spent driving. Any violations of hours of service regulations are not only illegal, but can be evidence that driver fatigue contributed to your truck accident.

How Are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

Truck accidents are usually more damaging than car accidents. Why are truck accidents so dangerous? The size of the vehicles is a major contributor — semi-trucks are not only large, but often carry heavy cargo which can cause further damage. Operating a truck is also very complex. Any maintenance issue, negligence, or inexperience on the part of the driver can lead to a driver quickly losing control and causing immense damage.

Legal cases that focus on these collisions often involve multiple defendants, because the trucking company and their insurance provider will work with the driver. Michigan is a no-fault state, so insurance is supposed to cover collision damages — in theory. If you or the truck driver decide to pursue a personal injury claim, you will be up against them, their employer, their insurance company, and attorneys. This differs from car accident claims which do not involve third-party liability as often.

The greater scale of truck accidents requires the attention of an experienced legal team. Goodman Acker P.C. can help you take on insurance providers and trucking companies.

Free Consultations Available 24/7

At Goodman Acker P.C., our experienced truck accident lawyers in Grand Rapids, MI understand the complexities of commercial vehicle collision cases. We are knowledgeable about how truck accidents can happen, who may be at fault, and the evidence that may be available to prove liability. Our legal team can help you recover evidence that is relevant to your claim, build a case, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Send us a message or call (248) 793-2010 24/7 for a free consultation with our legal team.