The mere thought of being involved in a collision with a truck while driving on the roads in Knoxville is frightening. When you think about how large trucks are, the weight of the loads they carry, speed and other factors, the fact that you are still alive after such an ordeal is amazing. Because of the accident, you may find yourself stressing about how you will pay your medical expenses, household bills and other financial obligations since your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to work. You may also be wondering who you can sue for compensation to help lighten the financial burden and stress you are under.
Here is a brief overview of the different parties you may be able to file a personal injury claim against.
The evidence determines fault
There are many factors that can have an impact on who is at fault in a truck accident. According to FindLaw, “the laws governing truckers and their conduct can be used to establish fault.” Truckers who violate them and engage in careless, reckless and other behaviors that result in accidents and injuries are liable. If the accident was the result of commercial equipment failure, negligent maintenance or other issues, you might also be able to sue the company the trucker works for, the manufacturer of their vehicle and other affiliated parties.
Proving fault in a truck accident is not always easy. Careful consideration is given to all witness and police statements, pictures and videos of the scene and damages, medical documentation on your injuries, forensic information and other pieces of evidence. There are also requirements that are necessary to establish fault and prove your claim.