As personal injury lawyers, we represent clients who have been in all types of accidents. Whether you were hit by a neighbor in their minivan or by a truck making deliveries, we can help. We encourage you to call and schedule a consultation regardless of what you were hit by. However, if you were hit by a commercial vehicle, you should note that these cases are far more complicated in nature. This makes working with an attorney not merely a preferred thing to do but often a necessary thing to do.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Prove Liability or Negligence
Any time you are in an accident, it is necessary to prove who is at fault or negligent. A case must be made for why the other driver is to blame, or you will not be entitled to any compensation for your injuries. After all, if you caused the wreck, why should you be paid for it? The concept is simple, but its application is not. This is especially true when in an accident involves a commercial vehicle. This is because not only was there a driver of the vehicle but there is also a business that owns that vehicle. We need to determine if the driver was solely to blame or if the business also had something to do with it. This is done by conducting a thorough investigation and asking questions like:
Was the driver properly trained for the type of vehicle?
If they do not have a CDL and are operating a commercial truck, the company could have liability for allowing them to drive it.
Was the vehicle maintained?
If the accident was caused by something like worn or faulty brakes, the company could be negligent.
Did the driver disobey the law?
Were they speeding, behaving recklessly, or obeying the rules of the road? The answer to this question can help determine if they were personally to blame for the accident.
Was the driver on duty?
This is the most important question to ask, because if they took out the vehicle when off the clock, the business may have zero liability for what happened. However, if they were on duty and got in an accident while performing their job functions, the business could be responsible.
The Process Is Different When Your Accident Involved a Commercial Vehicle
More research will need to be conducted to find the answers to these questions so a lawsuit can be filed against the appropriate parties. This takes time and experience, but it is important.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights
If you were in an accident with a commercial vehicle, know that the business will have an attorney representing their interest in the case. Do not go it alone but instead, hire an attorney to advocate for you and to protect your rights. Getting started is easy. Simply call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.