Truck accidents can result in catastrophic damages for victims and their families which is why they need to be familiar with the legal resources available to protect them. They may wonder what legal options are available to them and who may be liable to compensate them.
Truck accidents are serious because, among other reasons, trucks can be 25 times heavier than other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with. During 2006, large truck accidents accounted for nearly five thousand fatalities and 106,000 truck accident injuries. Truck accidents can cause extensive damages to victims including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages. The impact of an unexpected truck accident on victims and their families could be extensive.
A negligent truck driver may be liable to compensate victims for the damages suffered in a car accident. In addition, depending on the relationship between the truck driver and trucking company, the trucking company may also be liable to the victim for their truck accident damages. When a truck driver or trucking company has violated their duty to victims, they may be liable to compensate the victim for their damages including their physical, financial and emotional damages.
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty of reasonable care to ensure that the general public and those they share the roadways with are safe. When they violate that duty, and harm results, they may be responsible to compensate victims for their physical, financial and emotional damages which is why truck accident victims should be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to them.