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Who is at Fault in Your Truck Accident?

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Tamarac or anywhere in South Florida, you will want to determine fault very quickly. Determining fault is important for a few reasons. First, it helps you determine who you can pursue for fair compensation. Secondly, it helps clear your name if you have been accused of causing the collision.


Often, it can be difficult to determine who exactly was at fault in a collision. In many crashes, the events take place within seconds or fractions of a second. You may not have enough time to notice exactly what chain of events occurred. In addition, some of the causes of an accident can be hidden from you. For example, you may not know that the truck driver in question has been on the road for 24 hours and was driving fatigued. Similarly, you have no way of knowing without a full investigation whether the truck was properly maintained or whether any of the truck parts suffered from a mechanical defect that caused your accident.

Getting Answers After Your Tamarac Truck Crash

The best way to find out who was at fault in your truck accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can launch an investigation into your accident and can work with accident reconstruction experts, private investigators, medical consultants, engineers, and other professionals to help you get answers. Based on this investigation, your attorney may find that your accident was caused by:

1) Truck manufacturers.

If the truck accident was caused by defective tires, defective brakes, or any other faulty parts or mechanical failure, the truck manufacturer or the manufacturer of the specific parts affected may be to blame. If the parts manufacturer or truck manufacturer failed to design, manufacture, and properly test truck parts and this contributed to your accident, the truck or parts maker party may be held partly liable.

2) Mechanics.

If the truck company hired mechanics to care for their trucks and the professionals who worked on the trucks were under-trained, unqualified, or negligent in properly maintaining the fleet, the mechanics can be held partly liable.

3) The trucking company.

If a truck company is found to have incorrectly screened, hired, or trained its drivers they may be held partly liable. They may also be held partly liable if they created working conditions that encouraged drivers to break the rules or the federal laws surrounding commercial trucking.

4) The truck driver.

If the truck driver broke federal rules for truck drivers or was otherwise negligent or reckless on the road, he or she can be held partly liable.

5) Other drivers.

If other passenger car drivers on the road swerved suddenly, were driving drunk, or otherwise were driving recklessly and this caused the truck driver to take evasive actions and cause an accident, the other drivers may be held partly liable for causing any injuries that resulted from their actions.

6) The municipality where the accident took place.

If poor road conditions, debris on the roads, or potholes contributed to your crash, the municipality where the accident took place or the construction company responsible for road work in the area may be held partly liable. If road design played a role, the municipality where the accident took place can also be held partly liable.

Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be multiple liable parties in your situation.

Would you like answers about your truck accident? Contact Flaxman Law Group at any time for a free, no obligation case review.