Truck accidents end up being more than just accidents. From involving multiple vehicles to carrying hazardous cargo to involving seriously debilitating injuries, truck accidents often become a bigger problem than just being labeled as an “accident”.
In some cases, truck accidents can even involve explosions—depending on the type of cargo a commercial truck is transporting (if anything).
For example, let’s look at the crash that happened over this weekend. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a semi truck caught fire while heading southbound on I-95 Saturday afternoon, October 10th in the Jacksonville area.
No one is sure what caused this fire, but cases like these often involve investigating what the truck driver was carrying, what he or she was doing at the time of the fire, and even the truck’s mechanical condition.
Luckily, it doesn’t appear that this truck fire involved other vehicles or even caused a severe accident. However, if this did, there would likely be a hefty personal injury and accident case that would follow suit.
Such a truck accident could involve the following legal situations:
- A personal injury case if other vehicles and parties were involved
- A personal injury case if the driver was proven to be negligent in some form (such as driving under the influence or distracted driving)
- A wrongful death case if another driver or passenger was killed
- A lawsuit against the trucking company for mechanical defects
There are many possible avenues that this accident could go down—depending on the nature and the facts of the fire. Depending on the details of the investigation, the following parties could be found responsible or “negligent” in some fashion:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The manufacturer or distributor of the materials or cargo in the truck (if anything)
- The truck leasing company
As we mentioned above, truck accidents tend to be more severe than the typical car accident. In fact, this recent truck fire on I-95 could have been a lot worse—especially if it involved other vehicles.
Involved in a Truck Accident? Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Regardless of the case or circumstances, if you or someone you know was involved in a recent truck accident, then you need legal representation. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you to determine if you have a viable case, negotiate with insurance companies and the responsible parties, and even help you organize and prepare a case to acquire the best possible settlement.