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How Does Liability Get Determined After Truck Accident?

Although the victim of a trucking accident might feel inclined to blame the driver, there are at least one-half dozen people that might be held responsible for the unfortunate incident. A determination of liability often gets made in a courtroom.

Lawyers that are presenting the victim’s case often use testimony from accident reconstruction specialists. That specialist would examine the road conditions at the site of the incident that injured the plaintiff. While visiting that site, the specialist would take pictures. One of the specialist’s tasks would involve measuring the length of any skid marks. That would indicate whether or not the driver had been speeding.

Other evidence would be examined, as well: The driver’s qualifications file, the vehicle maintenance record and the driver’s log book. The truck’s black box would be opened, in order to obtain more evidence. There might be an investigation of the method used for loading cargo into the truck’s trailer.

Once those steps had been completed, the plaintiff’s lawyer would launch a wider investigation.

An investigator would interview various witnesses: Eyewitnesses, mechanics, passengers and the driver. The plaintiff’s attorney would get copy of the police report.

The jury would learn about the responsibilities of a trucking company.

That company must satisfy certain expectations. It is required by law to conduct routine vehicle inspections. The vehicle maintenance record for the truck that caused the accident should show whether or not it had received the required inspection. Indeed, each trucking company should have a complete log, one that lists all of the inspections and repairs for all of its trucks. An Injury Lawyer in Waterloo knows that a thorough investigator would study that log, in addition to the vehicle maintenance record.

Trucking companies establish each driver’s schedule, so that the client can know when to expect a given cargo. That schedule should provide the driver with a sufficient amount of time to eat and rest, while making the planned trip. A fatigued driver stands at greater risk for an accident.

How a truck’s GPS system might prevent or cause a truck-involved collision?

The driver gets the address for the facility that is awaiting the shipped cargo. Truckers tend to rely on their GPS system, when searching for that particular address. Consider what might happen if the GPS system’s map lacked information on recent street changes.

The absence of such information could confuse the person that was sitting behind the steering wheel. A confused driver is not always an example of drivers’ attention to safety. Indeed, the driver’s confusion might work to trigger the occurrence of an accident.

Alternately, a good GPS map could keep such an incident from ever taking place. Hence, GPS maps often get changed before the appearance of a new street sign.