Wisconsin Truck Accident Lawsuits: How the Liability is Determined

Liability is not always clear after a trucking accident. This post explains how liability is determined in Wisconsin truck accidents.

A. Wisconsin’s Negligence Laws

Truck drivers have a duty of care to drive safely and not put others in danger. If they breach this “duty of care” and cause and accident, they may be considered liable.

B. Comparative Negligence

Comparative negligence is when multiple parties share liability in a trucking accident. This is very common.

C. Factors Influencing Liability in Truck Accident Cases

There are many, many factors that influence liability in a truck accident case. Some of the major ones include:

1. The Truck Driver’s Behavior

Speeding, disobeying traffic signals, driving recklessly, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc., contribute significantly to liability.

2. Maintenance and Mechanical Failure

Trucking companies are expected to keep their vehicles in good, working order – and can be held liable if a maintenance issue caused the accident.

3. Weather and Road Conditions

Weather and road conditions are out of a driver’s control – but they are still expected to adjust to compensate for the conditions.

D. The Role of Evidence in Determining Liability

Evidence takes many forms in a trucking accident, including: · The police report · Photos of the accident scene · Video footage (from traffic cameras) · Eyewitness testimonies · Logbooks from the trucking company · Maintenance records · Medical assessments

There can be many different angles to a trucking accident – and liability can potentially fall on many different parties, including:

E. Parties That Can Be Held Liable

Trucking companies will be investigated to see if they hired an insufficiently skilled driver, neglected appropriate truck maintenance, or encouraged the driver to breach regulations.

1. Trucking Companies

Drivers may be held liable if they were reckless, violating mandated driving hours, driving under the influence, or any other behavior that resulted in a crash.

2. Truck Drivers

If the truck accident was caused by insufficient maintenance, the owner may be held liable.

3. Truck Owner

Mechanical failures – traced back to a manufacturing error – can leave the auto brand that built the truck liable.

4. Manufacturers

If government agencies failed to provide proper signage or maintain the road, they may be held liable for a trucking accident.

5. Government Agencies

If another driver makes a mistake that caused the trucking accident, they may be held liable.

6. Other Drivers

Victims that try to represent themselves almost always end up getting short-changed in negotiations. A skilled attorney is key in getting the compensation you deserve.

F. Importance of Legal Representation in Wisconsin Truck Accident Cases

Read the full post to learn more about Wisconsin truck accident liability.

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