After a truck accident has left you or someone you love with serious injuries, it is natural to feel upset or even angry. Victims may want to hold the person responsible accountable for what has happened—both to find closure and help prevent another family from experiencing similar pain. Additionally, victims are often left facing painful physical and emotional recoveries that prevent them from working. Bills continue to pile up from the medical care associated with the accident and from regular daily life. It can be difficult to keep up, and the financial stress only adds to the trauma of the accident.
Victims want to seek justice and compensation, but they may be unsure of where to turn or even who is responsible for their injuries. In cases involving commercial trucks, the answer can be complicated. However, the most common parties involved include:
- The truck driver. Drivers who are speeding, tired, distracted, or impaired frequently cause these dangerous accidents. Victims may be able to file a claim against the driver directly.
- The trucking company. The company who owns the truck and employs the driver can also behave in a negligent manner. If they fail to perform due diligence when they hire or train drivers and inspect and maintain vehicles, they may be held responsible. Additionally, there have been cases in which companies have pressured their drivers to ignore federal mandates to deliver their load more quickly. This behavior is both irresponsible and against the law.
- Cargo companies. Commercial trucks commonly haul very heavy loads. If this cargo is not properly loaded, it can shift during travel. Cargo can also fall off trucks if not secured appropriately. When that happens, it can be difficult for the driver to anticipate and control the vehicle, which can cause accidents. If the cargo company did not follow proper procedures to ensure the stability of the load, they may be held responsible.
- The truck manufacturer. Companies that manufacture vehicles have a duty to the public to ensure that their products are safe. When a manufacturer fails in that duty, it can be held accountable. Whether it is defective parts or simply a poor design, when a truck experiences a mechanical malfunction, even the most responsible and experienced driver may not be able to prevent an accident.
Determining Responsibility After an Illinois Truck Accident
Directly after an accident, it can be difficult to know just who is to blame. It is important to gather as much evidence as possible to create a clear picture of how exactly the accident occurred. An experienced truck accident attorney can help victims learn more about what evidence is necessary and help them obtain that evidence. Often, the responsible parties and their insurance companies will attempt to shift as much of the blame as possible—to other parties or even the victim. So, it is vital to get to work as soon as possible.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a truck accident, take a moment to fill out our online contact form today, and the dedicated attorneys at the Shannon Law Group, P.C., will get back to you promptly. We can answer your questions and help you get started protecting your future and your family.