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Determining fault in a truck accident

Sep 3, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Crashes

After a truck accident, Texas victims could have the option to seek compensation through a civil claim. One of the most important elements of a civil claim is determining which party is at fault. A careful assessment of the crash will reveal who is to blame and how one can pursue an outcome that allows him or her to recoup losses and pick up the pieces. This starts with identifying the cause of and responsibility for the truck accident.

Possible factors in a truck accident

Truck accidents happen for many of the same reasons other types of accidents happen. For example, distraction, speed or negligence of any kind can lead to a higher chance of a truck accident. Two of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:

  • Truckers are in a hurry to deliver their cargo, and in their haste, they ignore basic rules of the road, including properly yielding, stopping at intersections and looking before lane changes.
  • The trucker is following another vehicle too slowly, and he or she is unable to come to a complete stop, resulting in a rear-end accident.

Trucking companies also bear the responsibility of ensuring they implement safety restrictions, train their drivers and provide properly working vehicles.

The rights of victims

It is possible a truck accident was the result of negligent operation of a vehicle or negligence from the trucking company. It is not always easy to identify the specific cause of an accident. This is why it may be helpful for a victim to seek an assessment of the case as soon as possible in order to understand the legal options available to him or her.