According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) commercial trucks account for approximately 5% of all accidents, but nearly 12% of fatal accidents. And deadly truck accidents are on the rise. Over the past twenty years, truck accidents have increased by 20%, primarily because of a greater number of commercial vehicles on the road.
If you are involved in a truck accident, the question of liability is far more complicated than in an ordinary collision. The trucking industry is governed by federal and state laws and regulations, which establish standards that can determine who is legally responsible for a truck accident. There are numerous possible culpable parties who might be held liable for a truck accident, including:
the driver of the truck
the owner of the truck
the person or company that leased the truck from the owner
the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo
the manufacturer of the truck or any parts that may have contributed to the truck accident
Truck drivers are often independent contractors. Are they responsible in the event of a truck accident or should you proceed against the company that hired them to transport the goods? Does federal or state law apply? Are there specific government agencies you should contact? These are just a few of the difficult issues that should make it clear to you that you need to seek expert professional guidance if you have been involved in a truck accident.
At Wendt Law Firm P.C., our experienced legal team will work with the appropriate government entities and conduct our own investigation to determine if you have a claim and the appropriate party to sue. Our Kansas City truck accident attorneys will then negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.