Liable Parties in a Truck Accident

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Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. Since the truck driver is the most visible party, a lot of accident victims assume that the trucker is the only party responsible for the accident. However, there may be multiple liable parties, including:

Truck Drivers

One of the most common causes of truck accidents is truck driver negligence. Negligence can come in several forms, such as speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, fatigued driving and disregarding traffic signals. If a truck driver participates in any of these negligent behaviors, he or she may likely be found responsible in an accident.

Vehicle Parts Manufacturers

Vehicle manufacturers are responsible for making sure that their vehicles are manufactured and designed without defects. If they fail to do this and an accident occurs because of it, they may be held liable. For instance, if a commercial truck has faulty brakes and gets into an accident, the manufacturer may be found at-fault of the collision.

Truck Companies

In certain cases, truck companies that hire truck drivers can also be held liable for accidents. These companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers and providing adequate training. They also have a duty to perform regular vehicle maintenance, inspect trucks before use and not pressure drivers to stay on the road too long. If they do any of these things and an accident occurs because of it, the trucking company may be a liable party.

Shipping or Loading Companies

Truck drivers have to transport cargo from point A to point B. Unfortunately, if a shipping loading company does not load the cargo properly, it can lead to brake failure, tire blowouts and other issues that cause accidents. In this situation, the shipping or loading company may bear the responsibility. 

Passenger Vehicle Drivers

Truck drivers are not always responsible for accidents. Sometimes drivers of passenger vehicles cause collisions with commercial vehicles. For instance, a driver of a passenger vehicle could make an illegal turn or speed, colliding with a truck driver. In this instance, the driver of the passenger vehicle would likely be liable.

Getting Compensation in a Truck Accident Case

If you were injured in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, you may want to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer. A lawyer can help you pursue a timely claim against the negligent party and improve your chances of receiving fair compensation. Here are some of the different damages you may be entitled to:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring or other disfigurements
  • Loss of future wages
  • The cost of medication

Your lawyer can help you gather evidence, identify all the liable parties and handle negotiations with the insurance company. He or she will stand up for your rights and make the process less stressful.

Schedule a consultation with a truck accident lawyer, like one from Kreizer Law, to talk about your case in detail.

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