Off-road truck driving generally involves the driving of specially modified trucks that are driven off of public roads on challenging terrain such as deserts, muddy or rocky areas, steep hills, and other land features. “Off-roading” can be performed on a solo basis, or in a group such as with an organized off-road race event. Due to the challenging terrain, as well as the use of modified vehicles, off-road truck driving can present some specific risks of danger or injury due to accidents. These include:
- Risks of vehicle roll-overs (many off-road trucks have a higher center of gravity than standard vehicles to allow for clearance over rocks and other obstacles)
- Risks of collisions with other drivers due to high speeds and race maneuvering
- Risks of vehicle malfunction due to altering or modifying of original stock car parts
Who Can be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Off-Road Truck Accidents?
Depending on the facts of the case, different parties can be held liable for an off-road truck accident. For instance, another truck or vehicle can be held liable for collisions caused by negligence or recklessness. An example of this is where another off-road truck driver drives at very high speeds in areas where there are people in the vicinity. Liability may increase if a DUI (driving under the influence) is involved.
Accidents caused by a defect with an off-road truck can also lead to injury. In such cases, the manufacturer of the truck or vehicle can be held liable under a defective products theory of law. An example of this is where there is a defect with the car’s suspension, making it more susceptible to a roll-over.
Lastly, the driver may also contribute to their own liability through:
- Failing to follow vehicle instructions
- Attempting risky stunts
- Driving beyond their known capability and skill level
Are There any Legal Remedies for an Off-Road Truck Accident Claim?
Many off-road truck accidents may require legal action to resolve any disputes or legal issues. In such lawsuits, a monetary damages award is typically issued to the injured, non-liable party. The award may be sufficient to cover losses such as medical costs, hospital bills, any property damage, and other expenses such as lost work wages.
Also, other remedies such as a product recall may be enforced. This is especially common for cases involving some form of product defect with the off-road truck. If several people are injured by the same type of defect issue, a class action may be filed as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with an Off-Road Truck Accident Legal Claim?
Off-road truck accidents can lead to serious injury and/or property damage. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with an off-road truck accident case. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and representation throughout the process.