We often talk about the complexities of truck accidents, the various factors that make a truck accident different from a more traditional car accident. But hearing about these factors and knowing what they are and how they play into a claim are very different things. It is important to understand why consulting with an attorney is so important in truck accident cases. Having the in-depth knowledge required to understand all of the issues could be the difference between a successful claim and going home empty-handed.
First of all, truck drivers must receive special licensing in order to operate the large vehicles. If you were involved in an accident in which the driver was not licensed to drive the vehicle, you could have a very easy claim on your hands. Secondly, the driver must have been granted the opportunity for adequate amounts of rest. If the driver’s employers gave him unreasonable hours, then the company may be liable for your injuries; this is especially a concern for truck drivers heading through a large, populated city like Boston.
In addition to the well-being of the drivers, the well-being of the trucks must also be taken into consideration. Unlike most drivers, truck drivers are not always directly responsible for the upkeep of their trucks. If the trucking company has been negligent in their upkeep of the vehicle, they could be liable for your injuries.
These are just some of the many different legal factors that affect the outcome of a truck accident claim. In order to prepare the best case possible to get the compensation you deserve, it is recommended you speak with an attorney.