Determining Liability in a Truck Accident

Truck accident cases are much more complicated than claims associated with other types of motor vehicle accidents. There are numerous federal and state laws which govern the trucking industry, and multiple agencies are responsible for ensuring these laws are followed properly. In addition, multiple parties may play a role in causing the truck accident. This can make determining liability a difficult task.

Due to the complex nature of these cases, it is crucial that you work with an experienced truck accident lawyer who can make sure your rights are protected. The attorneys at Johnson & Biscone have been handling truck accident claims in the Oklahoma City area for more than 40 years, and we know how to identify all parties who may be liable for your damages.

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?

truck accident involving 2 trucks and another vehicle There are many parties who can potentially be held liable for your damages in a truck accident case, including:

  • Truck driver – The driver may have committed traffic violations or failed to adhere to truck driver regulations.
  • Trucking company – The trucking company may have been negligent in hiring qualified drivers, failed to provide adequate driver training, or set unrealistic schedules which violate hours of service regulations.
  • Truck manufacturer – Manufacturing defects can result in serious truck accidents.
  • Parts manufacturer – If a defective part caused the accident, the part manufacturer may be held liable.
  • Freight or loading company – Loading companies may have improperly loaded the truck.
  • Truck equipment owner or leasing company – The truck’s owner or leasing company may have failed to properly maintain the equipment.

Evidence Used to Prove Liability in Truck Accidents

Our truck accident lawyers will work with a team of experts in order to accurately determine which parties should be held liable for your injuries. They will review important records such as:

  • Truck accident report – The initial police report filed at the scene of the accident may indicate who was at fault.
  • Truck driver’s record – If the driver has a history of violations, it may indicate the trucking company was negligent in continuing to employ him.
  • Truck driver’s log – Truck drivers must record all time on and off duty in a log book. This record can be used to determine if an hours of service violation occurred.
  • Truck’s maintenance records – These records can indicate whether the vehicle was properly maintained and whether there have been recurring issues with the vehicle.
  • “Black box” – All trucks contain special electronic modules, commonly called “black boxes,” which record the speed of the truck, braking patterns, and other important data.
  • Fuel receipts – Fuel receipts can be used to verify a truck driver’s routes as well as the speed recorded in the log book. Discrepancies can be evidence that the driver falsified the log book.

Contact our Oklahoma City Truck Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the attorneys at Johnson & Biscone can help. We’ll fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected, and we’ll pursue damages from all liable parties in order to maximize the value of your compensation.

Please contact Johnson & Biscone using the form on this page or call 405-232-6490 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma.

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