Determining accountability in a big rig accidentPosted on January 31,2017 by lawrzwp
When a car is involved in an accident with a big rig, there’s a good chance it is going to lead to traumatic injuries and significant damage. Due to the size and weight disparity, death remains a real possibility as well, especially on the freeways that Toledo residents must travel each and every day.
Aside from dealing with the personal toll of the victims, one of the main tasks that a truck accident attorney must deal with is trying to determine who all the parties are that are responsible for damages, injuries and any deaths. To the untrained eye, it is easy to point the finger at the truck driver, but an attorney will dig deeper, looking at equipment failure, the company’s overall safety record and other factors that could have played a role in the accident.
The first place a Toledo truck accident attorney will look is the relationship between the driver and his company. If a company assigned a rig to a driver, knowing it was less than 100 percent safe, then the company may bear a large share of the liability in an accident. Closely related to this, sometimes a manufacturer may also be held liable if they have created and sold an inferior product used in a truck that led to the accident. This is less common, but certainly within the realm of possibilities that an attorney will look at.
Aside from the driver and his company, there may also be instances where road conditions contributed to the accident. If a road was under construction, but signage was not adequate, or safety warnings were not placed as they should have been, then a construction company or a government agency may be held accountable as well.
The Law Office of Rubin & Zyndorf serves clients in Toledo and nearby Ohio communities.