Who Is Responsible For My Truck Accident?
A truck accident case can get very complicated, very quickly. One of the first questions that we get from many of our clients is this: who is responsible for my truck accident? And that’s a great question. It’s one that we will address here in this article so that you will have a better understanding of how this type of accident is generally handled in terms of responsibility.
It All Comes Down To Fault
Oregon is a “fault” state. That means the person who was at fault for the accident is responsible for any resulting harm that was caused. And in many cases involving a semi-truck accident, it can be the trucking company or even the truck’s manufacturer that can be at fault.
If the truck itself had not gone through the proper safety checks, the trucking company would be responsible. If the truck had an unknown defect, the trucking manufacturer would be at fault. Or, if the truck driver did not have the proper training and commercial license, then it’s possible that both the driver and the trucking company would be at fault. Keep in mind: Oregon truck accident law allows you to sue more than one entity in a single accident.
Proving Fault Is The Biggest Challenge
Now that we have determined that there are several parties that could be responsible for your truck accident, let’s talk about the process of proving fault. This tends to be the most difficult aspect of truck accident cases. In order for you to receive compensation for your injuries and damages, you need concrete evidence that proves who is at fault for the accident.
A personal injury lawyer will ensure that all of the proper evidence is gathered to prove fault. When it comes to proving fault with a truck accident case, here are some of the tasks that an experienced personal injury lawyer will execute:
- Review the truck company’s safety training history
- Review the driving record of the truck driver
- Do an analysis of the truck (check for truck recording data)
- Do a full analysis of the accident scene
- Interview key witnesses
- Gather and review police reports
Once your lawyer has completed the above-mentioned tasks, the facts can be properly laid out to prove fault. Once fault is established and proven, you will know exactly who will be responsible for your truck accident. At this point, you will be able to move forward by seeking compensation for the injuries and damages that occurred.
Contact a Committed Oregon Truck Accident Attorney Today!
If you were the victim of a truck accident here in the state of Oregon, contact us today for a free case evaluation. You can also reach us directly at: 1-800-285-8678. Our team of highly skilled personal injury attorneys will ensure that your truck accident case receives the kind of expert support and guidance that is needed to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.