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Who is Responsible for Your Accident With an 18-Wheeler?

Who is Responsible for Your Accident With an 18-Wheeler?

Have you survived a truck accident or tractor-trailer crash? While your injuries may be severe, many motorists are killed in truck accidents every year. After receiving prompt medical care, speak to an attorney. Depending on the circumstances of your case, proving liability may be a straightforward task. However, if your case is more complicated, it may require an in-depth investigation. In many semi-truck accident cases, the following parties are at fault:

  • Driver — Truck drivers are required to abide by strict regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Yet for truckers, time is money and not every truck driver obeys the rules established by the FMCSA. Common reasons the driver may be to blame for your accident include fatigue, exhaustion, distraction or intoxication.
  • Vehicle manufacturer — While it is true that in many cases the truck driver is to blame, if your accident is caused by defective brakes, hitches, trailers or tires, then the truck manufacturer may be at fault.
  • Trucking company — Trucking companies are responsible for hiring drivers who are properly trained, licensed and drug-free. Further, trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain their fleet.
  • Cargo loader — 18-wheelers are massive vehicles, weighing several tons more than passenger cars. If cargo is loaded improperly, it can affect a truck driver’s ability to maneuver and control his or her vehicle.

A truck accident can change your life and the lives of the people you love in the blink of an eye. At Stipe Law Firm, our OK injury attorneys fight aggressively to help you obtain just compensation.

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