Commercial Vehicle Accidents: What You Need to Know
While being involved in any car accident can leave a lasting impression on a person’s life, accidents involving commercial vehicles are often the cause of significant financial loss and loss of life. When a commercial vehicle is on the road, the driver has a duty not only to their employer, but also to the other drivers on the road at the time. When this duty is broken, people can be seriously injured and need to know their rights to ensure that they receive the care they need to heal.
Commercial Vehicles – Trucks
Many motorists are too occupied with their own route, passengers or other matters to notice much about the large trucks that share the roadway, other than how to maneuver around them. What is important to keep in mind, however; is that a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh more than 25 times as much as a typical car. When one collides with the other, there is no surprise as to which vehicle will suffer the most damage.
For this reason, the driving laws in Arizona are stricter for drivers of commercial vehicles, as it is imperative that they follow all rules of the road to minimize the potential for accidents. For example, in Arizona the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08% for most drivers. However, for drivers of commercial vehicles this level is lower in an attempt to ensure that commercial drivers do not consume any alcohol before navigating the roadways.
Liability for Commercial Accidents
Because of the additional rules that apply to commercial vehicles; truck drivers on Arizona roadways are typically more cautious than other motorists. It is important to recognize the role each party played in an accident to determine the actual cause. What begins as an accident report will likely require discovery pursuant to litigation to examine true cause of the incident.
It is the responsibility of the injured party, or his or her representatives; to prove that the driver of the commercial vehicle was negligent when the accident occurred. The injured party must also prove that the commercial vehicle operator’s negligence caused the accident. This can be extremely difficult to prove, and in most cases requires a very fact-specific inquiry. Commercial truck accidents can also be more complicated than a typical motor vehicle accident; because of the parties that may share the liability for the accident. Not only will a lawsuit for damages be against the driver of the vehicle, but also potentially against a trucking company, contractor, and insurance company. This is to ensure that the motorist who get injuries can recover all damages.
Putting the pieces back together after an accident with a commercial vehicle can be a long and arduous process; often at a time of great loss due to the potentially devastating damage that can cause. If you get injuries in a car accident involving a commercial vehicle, it is important to protect your rights. The professionals at the Thompson Law Firm, PLLC are ready to answer any questions you may have. They will guide you through the legal process so that you can focus on recovery.