Of course, like in any other motor vehicle accidents, an injured victim may pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Going up against major trucking companies in Pittsburgh and elsewhere, however, can be a different process than other personal injury cases, so knowing how to prove negligence is very important.
After a commercial truck accident, you must prove three things in order to prove that the driver or trucking company was negligent.
The first is that the company or driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care toward you. Because all drivers owe this duty to others on the road, proving this aspect is fairly straightforward.
Second, you must prove that the company or driver failed to uphold this duty of reasonable care. An example of failure could be that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. If the trucking company failed to have regularly maintenance performed on the vehicle, that could also constitute a failure to exercise reasonable care on the road.
Finally, you must prove that the company or driver’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of your injuries.
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Although knowing the process you will have to go through after a truck accident is important, it often difficult to navigate a personal injury lawsuit on your own. Working with an attorney who has experience pursuing claims against trucking companies is a good way to protect yourself.