Q: What makes an attorney a truck accident legal expert?
Any attorney admitted to the bar in his state may represent an injured party in a truck accident case. However, there are a few things you need to know in order to hire the right truck accident attorney for you.
Truck collisions create a unique set of injuries and liabilities, which are very different from those stemming from the typical car crash. When you’ve been hurt in a vehicle accident, you need an attorney who specializes in this area of personal injury law.
In most passenger vehicle collisions, fault lies solely with one or more drivers. Truck accidents, on the other hand, are often far more complicated. Parties that may be liable for your damages include:
- The driver. Inexperience, inattentiveness, or aggressive behavior on the part of a truck operator may result in a serious accident. Your attorney can investigate to determine if the operator was fatigued, or physically or mentally impaired, when the accident occurred. Your lawyer will also examine driver logs to determine if the trucker was complying with hours of service regulations.
- The trucking company. Employers are responsible for employee actions that fall within the scope of employment. Therefore, you may have a claim against the trucking company due to their driver’s mistakes. The company is also responsible for ensuring the driver is licensed and trained, and the truck is properly inspected, maintained, and loaded. Your attorney will obtain and examine the driver’s employment history and the truck’s maintenance logs to determine trucking company liability.
- The truck manufacturer. If the truck’s brakes, steering system, or other critical components fail, the manufacturer may be held liable for producing a defective product. Your attorney can determine which experts are needed to evaluate any equipment failures and establish product manufacturer liability.
Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a truck collision, it's important to have an attorney you're comfortable with who you can trust to fight for you. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.