Your Truck Accident Attorneys in Owensboro
In Owensboro as well as across the nation, truck accidents involving big rigs share many of the same characteristics as accidents involving cars. While accidents involving 18-wheelers tend to be more horrific due to the wide disparities in weight and size of the vehicles involved, the key to winning a truck accident case is similar to a car accident because it is centered around the concept of proving negligence due to the actions of the other party.
The truck accident attorneys at Gerling Law understand that, while proving negligence gives you the best chance at receiving a maximum award for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages; to place that negligence squarely on a truck driver or trucking company will be more complicated than in a traffic accident involving two passenger vehicles.
Many times, there is more than one party that can be at fault in a truck accident. This also applies to any type of accident involving large pieces of equipment such as bulldozers or cranes.
Proving Negligence Is the Key
The truck accident attorneys at Gerling Law in Owensboro know that proving negligence is a step-by-step process that requires tenacious due diligence. In truck accidents, victims will often be going up against attorneys representing large trucking firms with huge financial resources, and being fully prepared with strong arguments, sound evidence, the testimony of expert witnesses, and Gerling Law’s resources will make all the difference in a truck accident case.
To prove negligence, it must be shown that the truck driver in question owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury. In other words, driving at a safe speed, and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol are good starting points. Next, it must be shown that the driver breached that duty, perhaps by running a red light, working too many hours, or not maintaining the truck in a safe condition. Finally, it must be shown that the failure of the truck driver to exercise that reasonable care resulted in the victim’s injury.
Determining Who Is at Fault in a Truck Accident Case Is Critical
While it may be obvious that a truck driver is at fault in an accident, things can be a bit more complicated than that. This is because in a truck accident case, there often is more than one defendant who is guilty of negligence. For example, the owners of the trucking company may not have exercised appropriate levels of maintenance on a big rig. Poor road conditions or any number of unsafe working conditions could also lead to additional defendants.
To determine all parties at fault requires the skill of an experienced truck accident attorney like those at Gerling Law. They will be able to ask the right questions and get the important answers you need to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Gerling Law serves clients in Owensboro and other nearby Kentucky communities.