Commercial trucks account for around seven percent of total vehicle miles driven in the United States, but these larger vehicles are involved in almost 13 percent of all traffic fatalities. Unlike minor accidents between private vehicles, these collisions often result in incredibly complex legal battles. Here is a look at some of the variables that are taken into consideration when determining fault in a truck accident.
The Capabilities of the Truck
Most commercial trucking accidents are a result of the unique characteristics of these vehicles. This includes blind spots, a longer stopping distance, and the overall weight. If these variables resulted in an accident, then the driver or the company that owns and maintains the vehicle might be at fault. The judge will also take a closer look at the products being transported by the truck. An unsafe load with extra weight on either axle could result in the loading company or commercial driver being found at fault.
Commercial drivers transporting goods throughout the United States must adhere to very strict driving laws. This includes the amount that they are allowed to drive before taking breaks. Companies that do not provide their commercial drivers with enough breaks might be partially at fault for an accident.
The commercial drivers themselves have the final say when it comes to safe driving practices. In most instances, a truck driver will be partially or fully at fault for any issues with their driving, the safety of the truck, and how the truck was loaded.