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Who Are the Responsible Parties in A Truck Accident?

May 21, 2018

“Because many different parties are involved in accidents with commercial vehicles, discerning who is liable—and what degree of liability they hold—can be difficult.”

Many times, accidents involving large commercial vehicles have devastating physical and financial consequences. If you were involved in an accident with a freight truck, who can you seek compensation from?

Because there are multiple parties associated with any truck accident, it’s important to have the assistance of a legal professional when speaking to insurance companies. An experienced attorney will be able to identify all potentially responsible parties and argue their degree of liability. Here are a few commonly involved parties:

The Driver

Obviously, the driver of the truck is the first to blame. Truck drivers are responsible for the operation of the truck on the roadways. Some of these freight vehicles can weigh around 80,000 pounds; one careless driver can cause incredible damage and often-times death.

Unfortunately, some of these drivers are pressured by their employers into taking fewer breaks, meeting strict deadlines, and disregarding the daily driving limit. When drivers are coerced into disobeying regulations and somebody gets injured, legal action can be taken against employers and truck companies as well.

The Employer

If you’re involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you are entitled to seek compensation from the company that owns the vehicle and employs the driver.

There are dozens rules and regulations specifically for truck drivers and trucking companies. Some deal with the number of hours that truckers can drive. Others deal with maintenance and equipment, such as weight limits. Still, others govern the health and sobriety of truck drivers. If the trucking company violates any of these rules—or pressures their drivers to violate the mandates—they may be liable to compensate the affected individuals.

The Manufacturer

In some instances, the manufacturer of the truck and trucking equipment may be responsible for the accident that occurred. Although the drivers and the employers are the usual defendants, seeking compensation from the manufacturer can be very worthwhile if the accident was caused by defective or recalled parts.

After a truck accident, it is important to talk to a truck accident attorney to understand your rights and options. Depending on the facts of the incident, you may be entitled to damages from 3-4 different parties. An experienced truck accident lawyer should be able to identify all potentially responsible parties and reward you with commensurate compensation.