Oftentimes, travelers will see semi-trucks or other commercial vehicles on their journey. These commercial trucks are the heart of the domestic economy because they bring goods and services to those that need them. However, sometimes these routes do not go as scheduled for the trucks and they are involved in an accident. The sheer size of semi-trucks and other commercial trucks can wreak havoc on those in their path.
If you or a loved one has crossed paths with a semi-truck or other commercial truck, you were most likely involved in a truck accident. Truck accidents can leave those involved with serious injuries that could require months or years of medical care and rehabilitation. Some may never fully recover, although that diagnosis cannot always be fully known immediately following the accident. While it is true that sometimes accidents happen, there is often a negligent party involved that played a role in causing a truck accident and the resulting injuries.
The most obvious party whose negligence may have caused the accident is the truck driver. Beyond the truck driver, the trucking company could be held liable if they do not enforce federal regulations prior to an accident, such as correct trucking logs and weight enforcement. There could even potentially be a claim against the company who loaded the cargo if that company intentionally and knowingly overpacked the truck to a point that was dangerous or above the given regulation. An accident investigation can help those involved to determine the exact factor or factors that contributed to the accident.
Since truck accidents can be due to a variety of factors, a commercial vehicle accident investigation is typically always in the victim’s best interest. Since truck accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and there is much that an injured person may not know, these investigations can find facts one did not even imagine.