Accidents between a passenger vehicle and a semi-trailer can totally ruin your life. They can result in permanent, severe injuries, wrongful death, on-going need of medical care, time away from your job, and they can even affect your family. Wrecks involving semi-trailers fall into an area of law known as personal injury. In this article, we’ll explore personal injury and some scenarios involving a trucking company. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, you have the right to talk with an attorney that can help you decide if you have a claim for personal injury.
How Is Fault Determined?
When someone is in a wreck, the first question that people want to know is who is at fault? Who was the cause of the wreck? In a wreck with a big rig, this question is very important. In the simplest terms, fault is who caused the wreck. However, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes, there are factors that contributed by both parties that ended up causing the wreck. In many states, the actions of everyone in the wreck are examined to determine the percentage of fault for each party. This is known as comparative or contributory fault.
For instance, if the speed limit on the local highway for big rigs is 55 mph, and a driver for ArcBest or any other party, was traveling 65 mph, they have made it even harder for them to stop their vehicle to avoid a wreck. This could mean that even if the other driver was partially responsible, their company could be deemed more responsible because they were speeding. As a professional, the driver should know and understand the importance of abiding by the speed limit set for vehicles of that size.
Get Legal Help
If you’ve been involved in a wreck with another vehicle or with any of their subsidiaries, you may need legal help. A personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Don’t talk to the insurance company on your own! Make sure your legal rights are protected by immediately contacting a personal injury attorney.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against ArcBest Corporation, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.