Commercial trucking accidents are a bigger mess than one might initially think. Usually, the name labeled on all sides of the truck is not the owner of the truck, which starts the confusion for most. The name found on the sides of the truck is the person renting/leasing the vehicle.
What Affects the Event of a Truck Accident
There are so many moving parts involved in the trucking business, and come the time of an accident, all parties begin pointing fingers to those responsible. It is a mess that is difficult to handle without the proper attorney, but the truck accident lawyers at Lewis & Keller will be there for you through it all.
Before proper laws were set in motion, finding the party at fault in a trucking accident was even more complicated than it seems to be now. The owner of the truck would seem liable, but the owner of the truck is not responsible for the repairs the truck has to undergo. Furthermore, the company leasing the truck hires the driver as a private contractor so they will not be responsible for the fault of the driver’s negligence.
There used to be a time where the only proof that could be found when an accident took place was from witness and police reports. It was eventually concluded that this information is all second hand and can often be far less than reliable. Since then there has been a device added to the trucks that is similar to the black boxes found in airplanes that record vital data during driving, and more importantly right before the crash.
Sometimes these devices are tampered with and/or erased. Due to new regulations, it is required that all trucks be investigated by a certified truck inspector before it is even moved from the scene of the accident.
Due to events that have turned into spiraling court cases there has since been federal laws and regulations in place that determine who is truly at fault. The current law states that the company owning a trucking permit is to be responsible for the entirety of accidents that involve a truck. It no longer matters what the lease states or if the driver is an independent contractor.
After a Truck Accident
Due to this law, it seems like it should now be a cut in dry perception, but it could still take months to be settled. Handling this without a lawyer while suffering from an injury can be quite precarious, to say the least. Having an attorney present at the scene and taking care of things after the accident can help put an end to months of court cases, interviews, questions, stacks of hospital bills and emotional damage before it even starts. If this situation has happened to you or someone you know, do not wait until it is too late and contact the team of Lewis & Keller for you free consultation today.