A: Things are not always what they seem. It is not as easy to find out who the responsible parties are when a tractor-trailer truck is involved in an accident. You can't tell by looking at the vehicle registration or the driver's license who owns what and where they are from and what law applies to the event. We may think of the "truck", but when it comes to finding out who is responsible for an accident, the facts are very complicated.
An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to find out who owns the "truck". Tractor-trailer trucks are commecial vehicles and, if the accident happened on an Interstate highway, the truck is likely a long-haul rig that travels from state to state. Just because a trailer has a logo of "ABC GROCERY SUPPLY COMPANY" does not mean it is owned by ABC Grocery Supply Company or that the driver is employed by ABC Grocery Supply Company. The truck part of the rig is probably not owned by the same company that owns the trailer; the driver may not be employed by either company, and the contents of the trailer are likely not owned by the owner of the tractor or the trailer. Any of these companies could be responsible for the wreck.
Tractor-trailer trucks are mechanically complicated. The tractor and trailer parts of the rig must operate together, and there are hundreds of parts that can go wrong. Finding out if the rig had a mechanical malfunction and why is a top priority. Getting this information is crucial and can be difficult because someone (not you) will have taken the rig from the scene and may not want to allow you access to it. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to track that information down.
Experts in tractor-trailer accidents are essential. Experienced truck accident lawyers know how to find the right expert to investigate the causes of a truck accident.
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