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Chicago truck accidents: Determining who is at fault

People who have received injuries in a commercial truck accident through no fault of their own are often surprised to find that proving fault is not a matter of their word against the word of the truck driver. To muddy the waters even more, sometimes the accident is not the fault of the truck driver, either. If you are wondering how this is possible, you must broaden your viewpoint to include every possible party involved with not just the accident, but with the truck as well.

Because proof of fault is a critical element of determining who is liable for any injuries suffered in a collision with a truck, an attorney must look past you and the truck driver, especially in cases where the fault is not obvious. This means investigating additional parties such as the trucking company who owns or manages the truck, repair companies who maintain and repair the truck and the manufacturer and/or designer of the truck and its many parts.

Unless the truck driver is impaired, clearly negligent or has exceeded the legal amount of work hours behind the wheel, the responsibility for your accident injuries could fall to one of the previously mentioned parties. For you, this means identifying the party responsible and holding them to account. For your attorney, it simply means pursuing an alternative avenue. Either way, you still have a chance to get the damages and compensation you are due.

If you have been hit by a truck and were injured, you don't have to suffer in silence. The law offers numerous options to make you whole again, and a good place to start is learning your role in a possible personal injury case. Feel free to explore our extensive website section on truck crashes and the law to see if you may have a valid claim.

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