Exposing Prevalent Myths About Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

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Auto accident have the potential to destroy a person's life, and this is especially true when large commercial trucks are involved. These massive vehicles are able to cause extensive damage to anything that they hit, and this can result in substantial expenses and injuries to everyone involved.

While the legal system offers you a way of pursuing justice for these damages, many people do not fully understand these cases, which can cause them to assume a couple of prevalent myths are factual:

Myth: You Can't Directly Sue The Truck Driver

Many accident victims are under the impression that they can't sue the truck driver directly for the accident. Rather, it is commonly thought that you will have to pursue the driver's employer to receive compensation for these damages. While this is often the case, there are times where this is not applicable. 

For example, if the driver was engaged in reckless behavior that clearly violates company protocol, the driver may not be shielded from these liabilities. Interestingly, you can still go after the trucking company even if you are also suing the driver. This is considered dual liability, and while it may make your case more complicated, it can also substantially increase the amount of compensation that you are awarded. 

Myth: You Can't Pursue These Claims If You Contributed To The Accident

Unfortunately, there may be times when your actions contributed to the auto accident. In these instances, you may assume that you will not be able to pursue your case before a court of law. Luckily, this is not always the case because the courts understand that there are different levels of responsibility for these actions. 

As a result, if you can prove that your actions were not the primary cause of the accident, then you will likely be able to file this type of claim. However, these cases are often far more complicated, which can make it even more important for you to seek the services and guidance of an experienced trucking accident lawyer when this is the case. 

Being involved in an accident with a large commercial truck can have a devastating effect on your life. However, if you are ill-informed about your rights, there is a far bigger chance that you will find it difficult to get justice for your injuries and damages. By understanding these that these two common myths are incorrect, you will be better positioned to make smart choices for your case. 


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