When a commercial semi-truck is involved in an accident, the end results can be catastrophic. Sometimes a trucking accident can end up being deadly. Commercial trucking accidents can cause long-term impacts to everyone involved, along with their families, friends and coworkers. In nearly every personal injury case, the cause is almost always due to the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of one or more parties involved.
Let us start off by saying, that the overwhelming majority of men and women who operate their tractors and trailers on our highways are professionals. Most take good care of their rigs and they are very safe when they get behind the wheel. A vast majority of them stay up to date on their safety inspections, licenses and insurance requirements. Also, we recognize that commercial truck drivers perform an essential and vital function in our nation’s economy.
Unfortunately, not all professional truck drivers live up to these rigorous standards. Sometimes, even the commercial trucking company cuts corners when hiring and sending drivers out on our roads. In the event that you, or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, like a semi-truck, determining fault is the first step of the authorities, insurance companies and personal injury attorneys representing any parties in the case. Determining negligence that resulted in an accident is important to help figure out:
- Who is liable for the accident.
- What rights victims are entitled to seek restitution for damages.
- What legal avenues are available to remedy the outcomes.
With over 25,000 fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle crashes in Idaho each year, it is essential to pursue justice for the thousands of Idaho residents who experience an injury, or the loss of a loved one from a crash.
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Boise trucking accident attorney Chris Caldwell is ready to examine the details of your wreck and explain your rights and your legal options. He has represented both survivors of trucking accidents and families who have lost loved ones to deadly crashes in Idaho and Washington.
Who is liable in a trucking accident claim?
In the case of a trucking accident, the liable party will depend on a variety of factors that led up to the specific events that caused the wreck. In the case that negligence can be proven in a court of law, the liable parties may be any of the following:
- The truck driver can be held liable if their failure to comply with traffic laws, or other regulations was a cause in the trucking accident.
- The trucking company, otherwise referred to as motor carriers, if they hire unsafe drivers, or fail to meet regulatory compliance with government safety regulations.
- Shippers or truck brokers, this depends on their relationship with the owner/operator of the commercial vehicle.
- Other drivers on the road, wrecks are often caused by other drivers carelessness or negligence while behind the wheel. Careless actions, like traffic violations such as speeding, or failure to yield are leading causes in many automobile crashes.
- Vehicle makers or equipment manufacturers, sometimes faulty, or inherently dangerous vehicles or equipment (like trailers, for instance) can cause trucking accidents.
- Other liable parties to trucking accidents, these can include government agencies tasked with keeping roads safe, construction or maintenance companies performing work on the motorway and any other entity that could be responsible for road condition safety.
In some cases, only one of the above mentioned parties will be deemed to be liable for the trucking accident. Other times, cases can see a combination of these parties at fault for contributing to the causes of the wreck. In either case, Caldwell Law Group, LLC works tirelessly to make those responsible for the accident accountable. We make sure justice is served, by pursuing compensation for the victims.
I was involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. What should I do next?
A trucking accident can leave you injured, stressed and confused. Many times you’ll be without transportation, you might have received an injury and need to visit a doctor’s office regularly. Amidst all this turmoil, it is important to begin taking the right steps to protect yourself and preserve the potential to move ahead with a personal injury claim.
It is advantageous to begin preparing for your initial consultation with a personal injury attorney, like the ones at Caldwell Law Group as soon as you possibly can. Preparing for a meeting with an injury lawyer can begin immediately following a traffic accident. We have prepared a broad list of some actions you’ll want to take following an accident with a commercial truck:
- Safety first! Get out of harm’s way, and call 911.
- Wait at the scene for authorities to arrive.
- Check yourself for injuries, check your passengers and other vehicles for injured people.
- Get checked by paramedics on the scene, or by your doctor as soon as possible.
- Exchange insurance information and contact info with any involved parties. If anyone is present as a witness, ask for their contact info as well.
- Take pictures. Take as many as you can and try to show the circumstances leading up to the incident from different angles.
- Only state the facts of the accident to other drivers and the authorities. Never admit guilt, or apologize for the crash.
- As soon as you physically and mentally can, write-down a detailed account of what happened leading up to the incident. Try to remember as many details as possible. It iis a good idea to look through your pictures from the scene of the accident, to help refresh your memory.
- Report the accident to your automobile insurance company, only disclose the facts from the incident in question.
- Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss any legal remedies that may be available to you and your options for proceeding forward with a claim.
When you are ready to move forward after a semi truck accident, call one of our Boise attorneys at Caldwell Law Group. No matter the circumstance, we can help you.