Truck Accident Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 2)
February 15, 2015
Resuming Truck Accident Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 1), here, we will continue answering some questions that are commonly asked by people who’ve been injured in truck accidents and are wondering about their best options for compensation.
While the answers in this blog series are generally informative and helpful, you can easily get a professional, free case evaluation by contacting the experienced Portland truck accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm.
Filing a Truck Accident Lawsuit: More Important Answers
Q: When may a trucker be a defendant in a truck accident lawsuit?
A: Whenever a trucker’s negligence, recklessness and/or carelessness has contributed to a truck accident, that driver can be sued and, consequently, named as a defendant in a truck accident lawsuit. Some specific examples of trucker negligence that commonly serves as the basis of truck accident lawsuits include (but are by no means exclusive to):
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Failing to comply with standard traffic laws
- Failing to comply with any federal and/or state trucking regulations (including hours-of-service regulations, trucking weight limits, truck maintenance requirements, etc.).
Q: When may a trucking company be a defendant in a truck accident lawsuit?
A: In the event that a trucking company’s negligence has contributed to an accident, then that company – along with or independent of other parties – can also be a defendant in a truck accident lawsuit. In particular, some of the forms of negligence that can lead to trucking companies contributing to collisions (and being named as defendants in related lawsuits) include (but are not limited to) these companies:
- Encouraging drivers to disobey federal and/or state trucking regulations
- Failing to screen and/or properly train new hires
- Failing to properly maintain their fleet of vehicles
- Making unrealistic demands on driving schedules (which can lead to drivers violating hours-of-service or other trucking regulations).
While going up against a negligent trucking company can help injured people obtain a sense of justice (and possibly even additional compensation in their case), it can also make for more complicated cases, particularly when trucking companies are larger entities with their own teams of corporate lawyers skilled at defending the company against accident claims.
This can make it even more essential to have an experienced truck accident lawyer representing injured people.
To get some more crucial answers regarding what you can expect from a truck accident lawsuit, be sure to read the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon. Or simply contact the Savage Law Firm today.
Portland Truck Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been hurt in a truck accident? Or have you lost a loved one to a fatal truck accident? If so, you can rely on the Portland truck accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy. For more than three decades, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in communities in both Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.