Who can receive compensation for a truck accident?
Truck accidents can have many victims including:
- Drivers and passengers in other vehicles
- Truck driver and passengers
- Pedestrians and bystanders
- Anyone injured in buildings struck by the truck or affected by a fire or explosion caused by the accident
- Victims harms by exposure to hazardous materials
- Property owners whose property was damaged by the truck accident
- Business owners affected by evacuations
- Loved ones of victims killed in truck accidents may bring a wrongful death lawsuit
Who can be held responsible for truck accidents?
In most cases the trucking company will be held responsible or partly responsible for the accident. However, there can be other responsible parties depending on the cause of your accident. Responsible parties in a truck accident can include:
- Trucking company
- Truck driver
- Truck manufacturer
- Parts or equipment manufacturer
- Government entities responsible for designing, constructing, or maintaining roadway
- Weigh station or weigh station personnel
- Other drivers whose reckless behavior caused the accident
Do truck drivers have to have a special license?
Yes, they must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). To obtain their CDL they must go through special training and testing. Depending on the type of truck they are driving and cargo they are carrying they may be required to hold a special class of CDL which indicates even further training and testing. Trucking companies are required to make sure that their drivers have the proper training and licensing before putting them behind the wheel.
The truck driver was clearly at fault for my accident, but I do not believe that he can pay for my injuries and those of everyone else involved. Should I even bother pursuing this case?
The truck accident lawyers of Boller & Vaughan LLC\ evaluate the merits of each case individually, and if we feel that your case is a lost cause we will tell you upfront. However, you should know that the trucking company can often be held responsible for your accident even when it seems that the truck driver was completely to blame. One reason this is possible is because the trucking company can be held responsible for the negligent behavior of its employees while they are on duty. Trucking companies have many legal duties which directly affect safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident in Madison or anywhere in Wisconsin, please call the Wisconsin truck accident attorneys of Boller & Vaughan LLC at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.