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Who’s at Fault for a Truck Accident?

When it comes to truck accidents, there are a lot of factors that come into play. Determining who is at fault can be tricky, and the legal definition of fault may not always be clear. In this blog post, we will discuss who is typically at fault in a truck accident, and explain some of the nuances involved in these cases.

If you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer to find out what your options are. At The Nye Law Group, we have helped many injured victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

When you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to understand who is at fault. In order to receive compensation for your injuries and damages, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. The legal definition of fault is “the responsibility for a collision or accident.” In order to determine who is at fault in a truck accident, we must first look at the law of negligence.

The Law of Negligence

In order to prove negligence in court, the plaintiff must demonstrate that:

The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. The defendant breached this duty. The breach caused an accident involving injuries and damages for which the defendant is liable.

If you are able to prove all three elements of negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, disfigurement, or disability.

Who is at Fault in a Truck Accident?

When it comes to truck accidents involving passenger vehicles like cars or SUVs with tractor-trailers and big rigs, the fault almost always falls on the truck driver. When a passenger vehicle is struck by a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle, it is very rare for the blame to fall entirely on that car’s driver.

This is because trucks are so much larger and heavier than cars, which means they can cause far more damage if they collide. Trucks also take longer to stop, so they are more likely to rear-end a car in traffic than the other way around. For these reasons, truck drivers are typically held liable when there is an accident.

However, this does not mean that the passenger vehicle driver is completely off the hook. In some cases, the driver of the passenger vehicle may also be found negligent if they were speeding or driving recklessly. If both drivers are found to be negligent, then they may both be held liable for the accident.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer to find out what your options are. At The Nye Law Group, we have helped many injured victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at 912-200-5230 for consultation.

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