Parties That May Be Liable in a Truck Accident Case

A truck accident is one of the most damaging types of motor vehicle accidents. Following these collisions, victims and their families may feel confused, frightened, and angry. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have experienced these emotions, and above all, want justice. Your focus is to find the people responsible for your injuries and recover compensation for your damages. There are many people who could be liable in cases of truck accidents.

Driver Liability

Truck drivers are not only responsible for operating their vehicle safely. They must also maintain their vehicle, properly load their truck, and adhere to safety regulations. Despite the responsibilities of the trucking company and other parties, it is ultimately the driver’s responsibility to ensure safety once they are on the road. A negligent driver may face individual liability, as well as additional penalties, if they are responsible for an accident.

Some types of driver negligence that may cause truck accidents may include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Distracted driving

  • Fatigued driving

  • Unaddressed maintenance issues

Trucking Company Liability

Trucking companies hold substantial liability in cases of truck accidents. They are heavily involved with the day-to-day operations of their drivers, and must provide their workers with the resources to do their job safely. When trucking companies fail to do this, they can be held liable in the event of an accident.

Trucking companies may be liable for collisions caused by issues such as:

  • Improper vehicle maintenance

  • Negligent hiring

  • Inadequate training

  • Safety violations

Third-Party Liability

In typical truck accident cases, the driver and the trucking company they drive for share liability. However, other parties may be liable under different circumstances.

For example, accidents caused by maintenance issues may be the fault of mechanics, vehicle manufacturers, and safety inspectors. Accidents caused by road conditions may be the fault of construction companies or other entities that are responsible for repairing the roads. Anyone that works with a trucking company to repair, maintain, inspect, or load their vehicles could share liability as well, depending on the situation.

The Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. legal team can represent you if you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident. We will determine who is liable for your injuries and hold them accountable for their negligence. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case.

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