Accidents involving an over the road (OTR) commercial vehicle are slightly different from car accidents.
In a truck accident case, the other party isn’t an individual private citizen but rather the driver and the company with whom he or she works. Both the driver and company may be liable for personal injury in a truck accident because both have a reasonable duty to safety. To complicate matters, many large trucking firms are self-insured.
The trucking industry is governed by strict laws and regulations, including the number of hours a driver is allowed to work. The driver’s schedule is heavily regulated due to the nature of their work. In addition to limited driving hours, they are also required to take a minimum number of hours to rest before getting back on the road.
If it can be proven that the trucking company and driver have not followed the required driving and rest break hours, they can be penalized, and face stiff fines and consequences especially when an accident is involved.
However, trucking regulations can be difficult to understand, so it is best to enlist the services of a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience involving large commercial vehicles. Also, trucking companies and their insurance agents often retain their own lawyers specifically to handle accident cases, so those involved in an accident involving a truck will greatly benefit from the services of an experienced attorney.