I Was Hit by a Truck Driver. Can I Sue?
Due to their size and weight, truck accidents often leave passenger vehicle occupants with catastrophic or fatal injuries. Many of these accidents can be avoided if truckers and trucking companies drive responsibly and obey federal rules and regulations. If you are one of the thousands of motorists injured per year in a truck accident, learn how to take action against negligent parties.
In order to bring a viable lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company, you will need to prove the truck driver or trucking company were acting negligently. You will also need to prove that this negligence directly led to the incident and, ultimately, your injuries.
There are several ways that a truck driver or trucking company may be found negligent and held liable for an accident. Truck drivers are required to follow hours-of-service regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations limit the hours that truck drivers may operate their vehicles without a break, and were put in place to keep drowsy truckers off the road.
If it can be proven that a truck driver violated the hours-of-service regulation—either because of their own financial incentive for completing the route in a specified amount of time, or because of pressure from their employer to do so—the truck driver and/or the trucking company may be held liable for damages.
The trucking company may also be held liable for the accident if they hired a truck driver who should not have been on the road—such as a driver with prior driving infractions, medical issues—or if they skipped mandatory safety inspections on the vehicle involved in the accident. If it can be proven that either of these factors directly led to the accident, the trucking company may be held accountable.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by negligence, our truck accident injury attorneys are prepared to fight for you. At Wagner Reese, we have decades of combined legal experience and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured victims across the state.
Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to learn how we can assist you.