Semi-truck accidents create unique personal injury lawsuits. This is because the driver of the truck is not always responsible for the accident that occurred. In some cases, these automotive accidents occur because the driver’s employer failed to comply with safe business practices. If you are a truck driver and you were injured while driving a company truck, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury claim against your employer.
Proving Employer Negligence in a Trucking Accident
If you were injured while driving a company truck and you want to sue your employer, you must have proof that your employer was negligent in some way. Employers are responsible for complying with safe workplace practices. If your employer pressured you to work undocumented overtime or failed to perform necessary maintenance of your truck, they may be found liable for your accident.
Documenting Your Semi-Truck Accident
For truck drivers who are trying to prove employer negligence, it is important to keep detailed records of the events leading up to the accident. After the accident, write down a description of the circumstances surrounding your injury. How much driving did you do that week? Was there pressure to drive off the books? Did your employer perform maintenance or inspect your truck before you left? Since all of this information could play a role in winning a personal injury claim against your employer, collecting as much evidence as possible is incredibly important if you are involved in an accident while driving a company truck.
Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were involved in an accident while driving a company truck, chances are high that your employer will try place the blame on you, suggesting you were driving recklessly or while impaired. Because of this, we always advise truck drivers to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent them in their case.
The attorneys at Howe & Associates have over 120 combined years of experience working in personal injury law. To learn more about hiring one of our lawyers to handle your trucking accident lawsuit, click here or call 404-285-4205.