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Liability in a commercial truck accident: sometimes murky

We noted a sad and unarguable fact in a blog post last week relating to truck crashes in Indiana and nationally.

Specifically, we stressed in our December 1 entry that, despite regulators' safety-enhancing efforts, commercial truck accidents "will always be an occurrence on our roadways."

Multiple questions always arise in any discussion concerning the root causes of crashes involving trucks and measures that can be taken to eliminate them. The above-cited post discussed recent developments in the implementation of truckers' electronic logging devices.

A second question also commonly pops up in the immediate wake of a truck accident: Who is liable?

Following some accidents, it may not be crystal clear who was at fault. At Tabor Law Firm we hire the best, most experienced investigators to ensure all the critical factors related to the collision are uncovered to help identify the at fault party. We note on a truck accident page that identifying wrongdoers and assessing liability is "not always as straightforward as it seems," which is why it is so critical to contact an attorney following an accident rather than dealing directly with your insurance company. Insurance companies will want to settle your case quickly, and won't take the time to ensure all the facts are uncovered. 

It certainly might be the case, as we noted in our post last week, that a trucker simply decided to drive while fatigued and became a marked danger on the road.

In some instances, though, trucking companies actively push their employees to operate big rigs pursuant to grueling schedules that outpace work-hour restrictions.

Of course, there are also many other potential contributing crash factors. Badly needed repair on a truck might have been purposefully delayed or ignored. Perhaps a vehicle's tires were in bad condition. Truck cargo could have been improperly loaded and resulted in instability. The road may not have had adequate signage.

Discovering the material facts relevant to a commercial truck accident is critically important for crash victims, and it is something our attorneys at Tabor Law begin doing with a laser focus in the immediate wake of a crash.

As we stress on our website, "We uncover the people and companies involved and address liability to make sure you're dealing with the right people." This will help ensure you recieve the maximum financial recovery following an accident due to someone elses' negligence. 

We encourage Indiana residents involved in a trucking-related accident to contact Tabor Law Firm for a free case evaluation- we're here to help you in a time of need. 

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