Who is Liable for the Damages Caused by a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents often leave victims with immeasurable damage. Not only do these types of collisions result in immense physical injury and financial repercussions, but the emotional impact of a truck accident can also be equally damaging. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, you are probably wondering who can be held responsible for your family’s pain and suffering.

In cases of truck accidents, the driver may not be the only liable party. Trucking companies are highly involved in the actions of their employees, and therefore responsible for any negligent behavior. It is possible that third parties also share some of the blame in your case.

Driver Liability

In most motor vehicle accident cases, fault can be attributed primarily to at least one of the drivers. Truck drivers are responsible for maintaining a complex vehicle, knowing how to operate that vehicle properly, and keeping themselves aware and safe. Any oversight in their responsibilities can contribute to accidents.

Contributing factors in truck accident cases which can be attributed the driver may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Intoxication
  • Recklessness
  • Inexperience

Although drivers are ultimately responsible for their own actions, a driver’s shortcomings can often be attributed to the inadequacy of their employer. It’s possible that the trucking company holds full or partial liability for your injuries.

The Trucking Company’s Responsibility

Trucking companies manage nearly every aspect of their operation. From hiring the most qualified drivers to conducting regular maintenance checks, the supervision of a trucking company is crucial for the safety of drivers.

A trucking company may be liable for an accident in cases involving:

  • Negligent hiring
  • Driver inexperience (negligent training)
  • Maintenance issues
  • Fatigue caused by long hours or insufficient breaks

Potentially At-Fault Third Parties

Truck drivers and their employers are usually found liable in truck accident cases, but other parties may be at fault too. In cases of maintenance issues, the vehicle manufacturer or a negligent mechanic may be to blame. If the accident can be attributed to road conditions, the local government or highway maintenance company could be responsible. As the causes of truck accidents vary widely, so do the types of people who are responsible.

A truck accident may be caused by the negligence of:

  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Mechanics
  • Local/state governments
  • Road maintenance and clean-up crews
  • Other trucking company employees besides the driver
  • A third-party driver

Were you or a loved one hurt in a truck accident? Contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC for insight into who is liable for your injuries and how we can help you recover compensation.

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