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Important Truck Driver Regulations To Follow

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Truck Driver Regulations To Follow

If you have recently decided to expand your job prospects by getting your commercial driver’s license, then you probably want to start driving a semi truck and hauling loads soon. As a new truck driver, you should understand that safety needs to be your first concern. Overall, professional truck drivers are considered quite safe since they only cause 3% of all vehicle accidents. However, a large and heavy truck is more likely to cause a serious injury or a death when an accident does occur. For this reason, the federal government sets guidelines that must be followed by all truck drivers. If you do not follow these guidelines, you may be liable for a trucking accident if it does occur, and you will be on the hook for damages and injuries. Before you take your first trucking assignment, consider some of the regulations you need to follow to protect yourself from a potential lawsuit. Follow License Restrictions If you have recently gone through training for a commercial license, then you likely have a class A license. This allows you to drive a semi truck and a truck with a towed trailer. With a class A license you can drive a semi truck as long as the gross weight of the vehicle does not exceed 80,000 pounds. This limit is a national one and it is extremely important to have your truck weighed before transporting loads to make sure the truck is at or below 80,000 pounds. You should also understand that your license may not allow you to carry or transport certain types of materials. You will need an endorsement on your license to transport certain things. Most of the endorsements can be gained by taking specific tests. The tests let you tow double or triple trailers or a tanker trailer. They also may let you carry hazardous items. A special, and separate, endorsement is also required if you want to haul a tanker that contains hazardous materials. You will need to contact your local DMV to inquire about endorsements. In many instances, you can simply take the written test and have it graded at the DMV. Do not carry any materials or haul trailers without the correct endorsement. If you do, a lawyer can argue that your lack of hauling knowledge contributed to the accident. Even if you do not cause an accident, your CDL license may be revoked for a period of time. Do Not Exceed Driving Limits Many accidents are caused by individuals driving while they are tired. Truck drivers are known to work long hours to deliver loads as quickly as possible. Since this leads to tired driving, the federal government now has strict guidelines that tell truck drivers how long they are able to stay on the road. In general, you will not be able to drive more than 11 hours straight. Also, you will need to take a long break of at least 10 hours if you have been on the road off and on for 14 hours. This 14 hour period will include breaks. You will only be able to work 60 to 70 hours in a given week. You will need to make sure that you follow these federal guidelines. Keep detailed records in a log book to show when you drive, take breaks, and rest for long periods of time....

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Handyman Suing You For Their Electrical Injuries? Let A Personal Injury Attorney Defend You

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handyman Suing You For Their Electrical Injuries? Let A Personal Injury Attorney Defend You

If the handyman you hire to work on your home’s electrical problems sues you for the electrical injuries they sustain during the project because they say your home is unsafe, hire a personal injury attorney to represent your side of the case. Although personal injury attorneys represent plaintiffs, or people who receive injuries, the attorneys may also help individuals, or defendants, accused of the creating or causing the other parties’ injuries. An attorney may obtain the evidence you need to clear your good name by asking many important questions about the plaintiff, including these below. Does the Plaintiff Possess a General Contractor or Trade License to Do Electrical Work? One of the things a personal injury attorney might do is question whether or not the handyman suing you has the proper credentials and training to complete electrical work in your state. Although the laws for handypersons can vary from state to state, many states require individuals to obtain a general contractor’s license or a trade license to perform electrical, HVAC or plumbing jobs. It may be illegal to perform the jobs previously mentioned without the proper licensing. In addition, the jobs may require handypersons to remove, handle or use electrical components or mechanical parts that can cause serious injuries without the proper knowledge or expertise.  The handyman suing you may argue that they have a right to work on electrical problems because they obtained a Minor Work Exemption from the state. Some states, such as California and Arizona, allow unlicensed handypersons to obtain a Minor Work Exemption if they want to work without a general contractor’s license. However, a Minor Work Exemption only allows unlicensed workers to work on jobs in their state that don’t require a building permit from the city or cost a certain amount of money to complete. Because electrical work does require a permit to complete, an attorney may check the handyman laws in your state to see if it actually qualifies as exempt. In addition to having the right credentials, an attorney may want to know if the handyman followed the correct procedures and safety precautions when they worked on your home’s electricity. Did the Handyman Take Precautions in Your Home Before and During Work? Individuals must secure a work area and their equipment from any potential electrical shocks and injuries before they begin work. Many electrical accidents occur because someone worked in an area with live equipment. If the handyman lacks the proper electrical safety training to work, they placed you and your home at risk for fires and other hazards. An attorney may ask you if the handyman turned off the home’s power supply before working on the problems that day. If you didn’t see this happen, it’s essential that you tell a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney may place this information in your defense case file to show that the handyman lacks the essential knowledge needed to protect clients from harm. A lawyer may also question the handyman’s educational skills and training. If the handyman doesn’t have a general contractor’s or trade license to work on electrical components, they may also lack conventional training from a skilled journeyman or school. Depending on their state, a number of people undergo apprenticeships with trained professionals for up to four years and a set amount of hours before moving on with their...

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A Doctor Misdiagnosed Your Thunderclap Headaches as Migraines? Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney Now

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Doctor Misdiagnosed Your Thunderclap Headaches as Migraines? Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney Now

If a doctor misdiagnosed your thunderclap headaches as migraines, speak to a medical malpractice attorney now. Although migraine headaches can be severe, they generally aren’t life threatening. However, thunderclap headaches may indicate an underlying, life-threatening cause such as an aneurysm or another critical brain condition that may stop the flow of blood to the brain or cause internal bleeding. Here are things you need to know about the differences between thunderclap headaches and migraines, how thunderclap headaches develop, and what an attorney may do to assist you in your case. What Are the Differences between Migraines and Thunderclap Headaches? Although migraines and thunderclap headaches have some symptoms in common, such as vomiting, vision impairment, and nausea, thunderclap headaches occur on both sides of the head while migraines usually occur on one side of the head. Thunderclap headaches receive their names from the symptoms they produce and are often noted as “the worst headaches of your life.” Thunderclap headaches occur suddenly and demand attention, like thunder does. Thunderclap headaches can increase in intensity within a minute of occurring and can last for several hours. Some headaches may lose their intensity but last for about 10 days. Migraines typically last anywhere from four hours to three days and generally occur from being exposed to bright lighting, loud noise, or specific medications. Migraines may also be hereditary, or passed down from family member to family member.  How Do Thunderclap Headaches Develop? Thunderclap headaches can develop in two ways: as a result of an underlying medical condition or idiopathically, which means there is no known cause. Although it doesn’t apply to every case, many idiopathic thunderclap headaches are believed to develop from something that places stress or exertion on your body, such as coughing, exercising, or sexual activity. The exertion causes sudden vasodilation, which describes the body’s blood vessels when they expand. The sudden blood flow through the body triggers pain in the head. Thunderclap headaches can come as a result of an underlying condition. In many cases, the underlying condition has the potential to disrupt blood flow to your brain or cause bleeding in the brain. For instance, cerebral aneurysms can create severe headaches when they form blood clots that rupture. Blood clots can be alarming because they generally lie hidden inside your blood vessels until doctors reveal them with in-depth diagnostic tools, such as CT scans or x-rays.  If the misdiagnosing doctor didn’t use the diagnostic tools above to examine you or find out why you’re having these intense headaches, it’s critical that you speak directly with a medical malpractice lawyer about developing a case against the physician. How Will a Medical Malpractice Attorney Help You? Head pain can be ignored, misdiagnosed, or overlooked if doctors don’t follow up with the right diagnostic care or take the time to go over your symptoms. One of the things an attorney may do is ask the doctor who misdiagnosed you questions about your case. The questions may include these: Did the doctor use CT scans or another type of diagnostic tool to check the blood vessels in your head and neck for clots, ruptures, or weakness? Did the doctor request a second opinion about your headaches if they couldn’t pinpoint the origin or cause themselves? Did the doctor ask you about the severity and duration of your headaches? Did the...

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Car Accident Settlements: 4 Small Things You May Seek Compensation For

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Car Accident Settlements: 4 Small Things You May Seek Compensation For

If you’ve been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may seek compensation for physical and emotional injuries. While these are important for your case, there are many other elements to consider. When working with an auto accident attorney, several additional factors could help calculate a settlement payout that you deserve. By browsing through the following four items, you can determine if they are worth adding onto your settlement and receiving reimbursement for. Upgraded Car Technology When your car is involved in a crash, you may lose some of the items that you have had installed. By using receipts and other proofs of purchase, you can showcase a number of upgraded technology features in the car. For example, you may have had a new sound system installed with speakers, an MP3 player, and a digital interface. During a settlement case, you can work with your lawyer to get reimbursed for these items at the value that you paid for them. Additional types of technology you may have installed includes LED video screen, automatic car starters, and extra lighting. A lawyer can help break down the costs, along with any labor costs you will need to pay to have them installed. Personal Belongings A car fire or total accident wreckage can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. If this is the case, then you may lose some personal belongings that were in the car. For example, if you were going to or from work, you may have had a briefcase or work bag with items like a laptop on the inside. Your trunk may also be filled with a number of items. You can seek compensation for things like sports equipment or beach gear. Items like tennis rackets or baseball bats could be worth hundreds of dollars. Sports brands that include high-end golf clubs and skis can have values over thousands of dollars. An attorney can help you seek compensation so you can replace these items and ensure you have enough money to cover the costs. Car Subscription Services As a car owner, you may have been enrolled in a number of membership or car services that you prepaid for. When your car is destroyed, you cannot use these services and may lose money on them. For example, if you traveled to a city every day, you may have prepaid for parking in a secure parking garage. These payments could come weekly, monthly, or yearly. The amount of time your paid spot was kept for could dramatically change the amount that you should be compensated for. Additional services includes cleaning services. You may have prepaid for vacuuming or car washes. You may also have paid for roadside assistance services that you were unable to cancel or get a refund for. If this is the case, then you can seek compensation and receive reimbursement for the services you already paid for. Exterior Car Features One of the most damaged areas of a vehicle in an accident is usually the exterior. Aside from the car itself, there may be many exterior features that were damaged. For example, if you own a business, you may have had a car wrap on the vehicle. This wrap could have been warped or broken during the crash. Getting reimbursed for this...

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Personal Injury Claims: 3 Credentials You Should Compare When Choosing A Medical Expert Witness

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Personal Injury Claims: 3 Credentials You Should Compare When Choosing A Medical Expert Witness

Any claims you make in a personal injury case regarding the type and severity of injuries sustained should be corroborated by a medical expert witness. The medical expert witness can provide further insight on your injuries, such as how the injuries affect your quality of living or prevent you from performing certain tasks. For their testimony, you can expect to pay the average medical expert witness approximately $555 per hour of testimony in court. This doesn’t include the costs involved with file reviews and deposition. Due to the immense impact a medical expert witness can make on your case, it’s crucial that you fully research who you hire. These 3 credentials are particularly important. Specialty and Popularity of Papers Published The medical expert witness you hire should specialize in a field of medicine related to the injuries you sustained. For example, if you are experiencing back pain, choose a medical expert witness who specializes on the anatomy of back muscles and the spine. A medical expert witness who is actively doing research in the field will be familiar with the latest discoveries and will be able to provide more information regarding your injuries. To determine whether a medical expert witness is still researching a particular field, take a look at the scientific papers they have published recently. These papers should be easy to find online. The amount of times that the paper has been cited will also determine how popular the research was in the field, the amount of impact it has on the scientific community and the credibility of the expert. Teaching Credentials and Community Outreach A medical expert witness who is well-connected with the community will generally have a better demeanor and be able to better explain himself or herself. If the expert teaches at a local university or college, then there’s an even better chance that the expert can adequately explain difficult and hard concepts in a simple manner to a judge or members of the jury who do not have a medical background. You also want to consider whether the medical expert witness takes part in community service or regularly performs work that requires community outreach. An expert who is well-known by the community and has built a relationship with the community tends to project an image of being more trustworthy and reliable. Awards and Recognitions Earned All medical expert witnesses will have a degree in medicine, so simply taking a look at whether your expert has a degree or not is not sufficient for determining his or her talents or skills. In addition, a degree will not tell you how well the expert did in his or her classes. You cannot tell from a degree whether an expert passed by barely making the minimum expectations or by exceeding expectations and surpassing what was expected of him or her. As a result, you should focus your time researching whether the expert has earned any awards or recognition in certain fields of medicine. Consider the type of award or recognition earned and what that means. Was the expert a leader in revolutionizing certain concepts? Is the award prestigious like a Nobel prize? Conclusion You should research the credentials of several medical expert witnesses with a personal injury attorney, such as Charles Aaron PLC, and make a list...

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Structured Settlements For Personal Injury Claims: 3 Features Young Adults Should Request When Settling

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Structured Settlements For Personal Injury Claims: 3 Features Young Adults Should Request When Settling

If you’re injured due to negligence or fault of another party, there’s a good chance that you can file a personal injury claim. When filing a claim with a personal injury attorney, there’s a 98% chance that your attorney will be able to get the case settled without having to go to court. At which point, you will have the option of negotiating the settlement amount and how the settlement will be paid. If you’re a young adult, you’re likely going to benefit from opting for a structured settlement rather than a lump sum payment. Your attorney will need to draft up an agreement regarding the terms of the settlement. Here are 3 features you should request to be included in the final contract — especially if you’re a young adult. Inflation Protection with Variable Payments Due to inflation, a dollar today simply won’t be worth as much as a dollar 10 years from now. In fact, nowadays, a dollar has lost 90% of its value in comparison to the early 1900s. With a structured settlement, you want to make sure that the amount you will be receiving in total will be adjusted with inflation in mind, so the payments should be varied. If you opt for fixed payments, you’ll find your purchasing power diminishing each year. There are two ways that your settlement can be adjusted for inflation. You can either request for: indexed-variable payments, which are automatically adjusted each year based on a specified index like the Consumer Price Index (CPI); or, indexed-fixed payments, which are automatically adjusted each year based on a specified percentage or dollar amount. The goal is to make sure that each payment will have the same purchasing power throughout your entire life.  Benefit Distribution Periods Past Life Expectancy Another point to consider if you are a young adult is that there is a chance that you will be starting a family soon or sometime in your life. If this happens, you should make sure that your structured settlement will continue to pay the settled amount until the maximum is reached even if you pass on. Basically, if the full amount of the settlement is not paid out after you pass on, the payments will be sent to one or more beneficiary. You will have to specify the beneficiary in the contract, as well as the benefit distribution period, as this is usually set in stone once the contract is signed.  Depending on your case, this is a feature that your attorney will have to negotiate with the other party. The other party will need to agree on the amount of payments that will be made after your death, as well as who the beneficiary can be based on his or her relationship to you.  Provisions for Lump Sum or Larger Payment When Certain Requirements Are Met Although getting a set payment each month or year may be beneficial, there are many complications or issues that may arise in your life as a young adult, and there’s a good chance that you may run into financial problems. At which point, you might want to access the structured settlement and take out a larger lump sum. As an example, if you happen to want to get further post-secondary education in the future, you might...

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3 Laws Virginia Dog Bite Victims Should Be Aware Of

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Laws Virginia Dog Bite Victims Should Be Aware Of

Have you been bitten by a dog in Virginia? Are you planning on suing the owner of the dog for the damages you sustained during the attack? If so, you should read about the below three laws and how they might affect your case. Your Local Leash Law Virginia doesn’t have a statewide leash law. Instead, it is up to each municipality to decide what is appropriate for their area. In rural towns, the fact that a dog was off its leash when it bit you may not hold any bearing on whether or not you can seek compensation for your injuries. In city and beach communities, however, the leash laws are generally much more strict; some require dogs to be on leashes at all times and some prohibit domestic canines altogether during certain hours. Don’t assume that just because Virginia doesn’t have a leash law necessarily means that the owner of an unleashed dog that bit you wasn’t negligent. Check the laws of your specific town or city to see it has enacted its own leash laws. Some towns and cities in Virginia are also divided into administrative divisions. If you were in one of these divisions when you were bitten, check their leash laws also before determining whether or not you have a case of negligence against the dog owner. The One-Bite Law In most states, dog owners are responsible for the damages when their dog bites somebody, regardless of whether or not the dog has ever been aggressive before. Virginia is different, however, in that it follows the one-bite law. This law specifies that a dog owner can be exempt from lawsuit if their dog bites somebody, as long as no previous instances of aggression can be proven. You read that right — even if you sustained serious injuries from a dog bite, the dog owner may walk away scot-free if you can’t prove that he or she knew of the chance their dog might bite somebody. Fortunately, there are ways you can combat the one-bite law and prove that the owner of the dog that bit you was negligent. Enlist the help of a dog bite attorney and contact neighbors of the dog owner, the dog’s veterinarian, the dog warden, or anybody else that may be able to testify that the dog has shown instances of aggression in the past. In some cases, the breed of the dog that bit you could help solidify your claim. For example, you could argue that, although the municipal you were bitten in didn’t have leash laws, the owner was aware that their dog was a known dangerous breed and therefore should have had the dog on a leash. The Law Of Pure Contributory Negligence The final law you need to be concerned with as a dog bite victim is the law of contributory negligence. Only four states and the District of Columbia practice this rule, and it can make recovering dog bite-related damages difficult. Under pure contributory negligence, you are not entitled to any compensation for your dog bite whatsoever if the defendant can prove that you were even the slightest bit responsible for being bitten. How could you be responsible? Trespassing onto the dog owner’s property, taunting the dog before being bitten, and/or ignoring clear warning signs...

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Three Reasons A Parent May Be Barred From Filing A Wrongful Death Action For A Child

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons A Parent May Be Barred From Filing A Wrongful Death Action For A Child

When a child dies due to the negligence or wrongful action of another party, the parents have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit to hold the liable person or company financially responsible for the loss. Unfortunately, the law does put some restrictions on this right. Here are three times when you may be barred from filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a liable party for the loss of your child. The Child Was a Fetus About 10 states do not consider a baby to legally be a person until it is born alive. This typically means that even if the child is birthed, it must take a breath before the state will consider the baby to be “a living person” for the purposes of a wrongful death lawsuit. If the child died in vitro or was stillborn, then you may be barred from suing the responsible party for your loss. States that do allow parents to sue for the wrongful death of an unborn child will typically have a viability requirement. The judge will only allow the lawsuit to proceed if you can prove the unborn child was viable (could live outside the womb) at the time of its death. Viability is usually determined by how many weeks along the mother was. For instance, in Indiana, you can sue only if the unborn child was 35 weeks or more into the gestation period; otherwise, your case would likely be dismissed. The Parent Did Not Contribute Another reason a parent may be prevented from suing for the wrongful death of the child is if he or she didn’t contribute in any way to the cost or care of the child. This generally occurs in situations where the parents of the child have divorced or separated. However, it can also occur if the child was given to another family member to raise, such as when a parent signs over custody to a grandparent. The court may determine a parent who didn’t pay child support or visit the child while he or she was living to have effectively abandoned the kid and may either bar the person from proceeding with a wrongful death action or stop the person from collecting any compensation from a lawsuit launched by another relative. However, the circumstances of the non-involvement will dictate the court’s decision. For example, in the case of Baker v. Sweat, the father of the deceased child was barred from the wrongful death proceedings enacted by other family members because the court determined he had lost his parental rights due to his absence and lack of financial contribution. In this case, there didn’t appear to be anything stopping the father from fulfilling his parental obligations. A judge may decide differently in a case where the parent was incarcerated, sick, or had other issues that prevented the individual from being financially and emotionally responsible. The Child is Not Biologically Related A third reason you may not be able to sue for your child’s wrongful death is if you are not biologically related to him or her. This occurs in cases where the child was being cared for by a stepparent. It can also happen when the parents were in a same-sex relationship and the second parent had no biological connection to the child. This...

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3 Things You Should Know About Auto Accidents Involving Police Cars

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Know About Auto Accidents Involving Police Cars

Automobile accidents involving police vehicles are not uncommon. In just a small sampling taken from 6 jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia, it was found that police officers were not only a part of, but at fault for 2,300 crashes between 2010 and 2014. The severity of these crashes ranged from fender-benders that caused only small amounts of vehicular damage to devastating wrecks that resulted in fatalities.  Here are 3 things you should know if you’re ever involved in an automobile accident with a police car. 1. If Their Lights Weren’t On, They Should Have Been Following The Rules Of The Road (In Most Cases) Laws vary by state and jurisdiction but in most cases, a police officer needs to turn their lights and sirens on if they’re responding to an emergency, and if their lights and sirens aren’t on, they shouldn’t be speeding or blowing past red lights. The only time it is permissible for a police officer to be defying the rules of the road without engaging their emergency signals is if they’re responding to an emergency in which the sight and sound of their lights and sirens might interfere with the outcome of the emergency. For example, if the police officer was trying to sneak up on a criminal without that criminal becoming aware of their presence, then the police officer can exceed the speed limit without activating their vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens. Even in these cases, though, the police department generally claims responsibility for any damages resulting in the event of an accident. If you’re ever injured in an automobile accident with a police officer who is driving negligently and doesn’t have their lights or sirens on, then either the police officer or their department was responsible for your injuries and should compensate you for them. 2. A Third Party Needs To Be Contacted A video recently surfaced on the Internet in which a New Jersey police officer was involved in an automobile accident with a civilian. In it, the drunk and disheveled officer approaches the civilian and offers her $1000 in exchange for her not reporting the incident.  Fortunately, the civilian in this case was smart and didn’t accept the bribe. She instead phoned the police and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Most police cars have cameras in them. Had this woman accepted the bribe, it would have been documented on camera, and it might have been considered a settlement if the case went to court. If this woman later found out that she sustained costly injuries as a result of the accident, having already settled, she wouldn’t be able to pursue the remainder of the costs she incurred as a result of her injuries. If you’re ever in an accident involving a police car, don’t assume that the police officer’s duty to serve and protect automatically means that you should trust them. Phone the police department and your lawyer, and don’t accept any settlements until your injuries are thoroughly evaluated by a doctor. 3. The Purpose Of A High-Speed Chase Is Public Safety, Not Apprehension If you think that police perform high-speed chases for the sole purpose of apprehending criminals, you’re wrong. Whether you’re a police officer or not, driving a vehicle at high speeds is dangerous and should only be...

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Who’s Responsible? Tips For Determining Liability After A Trucking Accident

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Who’s Responsible? Tips For Determining Liability After A Trucking Accident

Being hit by a commercial truck is no small matter. A trucking accident can leave you with a lifetime of medical issues and pain. You’re certainly entitled to want compensation for your damages and losses. But who should be held liable? In an ordinary car accident situation, you would file a claim against the drivers’ insurance and possibly against the driver. However, an accident that involves a commercial truck is more complicated because there may be other parties involved, like the company that hired the truck driver. Take a look at some tips for determining liability after a trucking accident. When Is The Driver Liable? The truck driver (or the driver’s insurance policy) will be at least somewhat liable in almost all cases. So what you really need to know is when the driver is the only liable entity. For example, if the driver is an independent contractor who owns their own truck, then the driver is probably the only person who can be held liable. Furthermore, if the driver caused the accident by acting negligently or recklessly in a way that the trucking company couldn’t have predicted, like driving too aggressively, speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, then the responsibility will probably be completely on the driver. When Is The Trucking Company Liable? Most of the time, if the driver is an employee of the trucking company and not an independent contractor, the trucking company will be held liable. This is true of any commercial driving arrangement – when you’re on the clock, your employer is responsible for the things that you do. Even in the case of a driver acting negligently or recklessly, the trucking company could be held responsible if they had some reason to expect that the driver might behave that way, such as a prior history of similar incidents, or a known drinking or drug problem. The trucking company is also liable if they create the conditions that caused the accident. For example, if the driver fell asleep at the wheel and that was what caused the accident, it may mean that the driver was pushed to ignore hours of service regulations that outline how many hours a driver can spend on the road without resting, and how long they have to rest before being allowed to drive again. If the trucking company pressured the driver to shorten their resting hours in order to make a delivery on time, then the trucking company would definitely be partially responsible for the accident. When Is Someone Else Responsible? Truck drivers and trucking companies aren’t the only entities that you may have to deal with when filing your accident claim. The relationships between truck drivers, truck owners, trucking companies, and companies who use trucking services can be convoluted and legally complex. There are several situations where you may sue the truck driver, the trucking company, and yet another party who bears some legal responsibility for the accident. If the driver is an independent contractor who is leasing their truck from a third party, you may have a claim against the lessor. In rare cases, you may have a claim against the company that the truck was delivering to. If a mechanical failure was at fault for the accident, then you may have a...

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