After a serious Virginia truck accident, one important piece of evidence related to establishing liability on the part of the truck driver is determining whether or not he or she was an unqualified truck driver. Despite the licensing requirements and federal regulations that relate to truck drivers and trucking companies, not all drivers or companies adhere to the law. In order to understand whether a driver was qualified at a most basic level, it is important to understand the relevant licensing requirements that apply to truck drivers.
Even though many truck accidents, especially those involving a collision with a smaller passenger vehicle, are severe and catastrophic, this does not necessarily mean that the other party involved in the accident who suffered damages as a result of the accident will be able to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. There are many different potential causes for a truck accident beyond a negligent or unqualified truck driver. For this reason, if someone is injured during a truck accident and believes the other party to be at fault for the accident, he or she must prove the negligence of some party that has legal liability.