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Determining liability can be more complex in a truck accident

If you are the driver of a car and you were recently involved in an accident involving a truck, you will know how frightening this can be. Even if the accident was considered to be relatively minor, the experience can still be traumatic for those involved because of the fear and lack of control that the driver had.

Truck accidents can often be serious and involve several parties, which is partly why determining liability can be more complex than any other accident. However, in addition to this, truck accidents can be more complex because of the high standard that truck drivers are held to legally, and because the trucking company rather than the driver may be liable. The following are some things you should understand about truck accident liability before making a claim.

Truck drivers are held to higher standards

While drivers of private vehicles can legally drive as long as they have a blood alcohol percentage (BAC) of less than 0.08%, truck drivers should not have consumed alcohol for a certain period of time before getting behind the wheel. Therefore, if a driver was found to have a BAC of 0.06% after the accident, this may mean that the truck driver or their employer is liable for the accident.

Trucking companies may be responsible for their employee's actions

Companies have the responsibility to hire employees who are fit for the job and who are trained adequately. Therefore, if a truck driver lacked competence, failed to maintain the truck or was consuming alcohol or drugs, their employer may be held liable because they engaged in negligent hiring practices.

There may be multiple factors

Truck drivers are not always at fault when an accident occurs. Other drivers may have come to a sudden stop, or they may have been driving in the truck's blind spots, meaning that the truck driver simply couldn't see them.

If you have recently been involved in a truck accident, it's important that you do not simply assume which party was at fault. A wide array of evidence will need to be considered, and in some cases, you may be able to take action to gain the damages that you deserve.

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