LIABILITY IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAN DEPEND ON THEIR CARGO
Building compensation claims for people injured in truck accidents requires proving that the people or parties connected with those trucks was negligent and their negligence led to crashes. Truck accidents are similar to auto accidents in that way, but the trucking industry has more laws and regulations, and that means there are more chances to find negligence.
It’s important to remember that not all truck accidents are the same, nor are all trucks the same. For example, a box truck that’s used for local deliveries may not be subject to the same rules or regulations as a full-sized semi-truck that’s used to deliver goods regionally or nationally. And full-size semi-trucks may have fewer restrictions than oversized trucks or trucks that haul flammable, toxic, or corrosive materials.
For example, a standard commercial driver license (CDL) may not be enough to haul all types of cargo or double/triple trailers. But some trucking companies ignore those requirements and put drivers behind the wheels of vehicles they aren’t qualified to drive. When those drivers cause crashes, both they and their employers can be held liable for any damages and injuries.
In addition, certain types of cargo require more frequent or in-depth inspections than others. That’s to ensure that the drivers are safe to proceed and that the cargo doesn’t put them or their motorists in danger. But to save time and money, some drivers and their employers bypass this step.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we review all the facts when building truck accident claims for injured victims. That includes determining exactly what type of trucks were involved and whether all requirements were met for driving them or even having them on the road, period. If you were hurt in a truck accident, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers want to help. Call today for a free consultation.