Who is liable for my truck accident?

Commercial truck accidents can cause far more damage than those involving only personal vehicles. Due to the tremendous weight differential between commercial trucks and cars, many truck accidents result in serious injury or death. If the truck is carrying hazardous materials, such as fuel or industrial waste, the collision may be particularly devastating. There were 3,964 people killed and an estimated 95,000 individuals injured in crashes involving large trucks during 2013.

Determining Liability

If you’re involved in a car accident, determining which parties are responsible for your injuries is generally pretty straightforward. In the case of truck accidents, however, establishing liability can be much more difficult. Multiple parties may be liable in a commercial truck accident, including:

  • Truck driver. The driver of the truck may be held liable for the accident if he was speeding, intoxicated, driving while fatigued, or otherwise behaving irresponsibly.
  • Truck loader. If the truck was loaded improperly, the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo could be liable.
  • Trucking company. If the trucking company prompted or permitted its driver to take risks by continuing to drive when it was unsafe for him to do so, the company may be liable for the damage he causes.
  • Truck manufacturer. If any part of the truck is defective, and if that defect led to the collision, then the manufacturer may be held responsible in a vehicle accident case.
  • Maintenance workers. If the truck needed maintenance or repairs and the collision was caused by this neglect, the individual or company responsible for repairs and maintenance could be liable for damages in an accident.
  • Insurance company. Trucking companies are required by law to carry far more insurance than the coverage mandated for passenger vehicles. Unlike lawsuits stemming from other types of vehicle accidents, the trucking company’s insurer may be sued directly in the event of a serious accident.

You Need an Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You need an experienced attorney who can determine the cause of the accident, identify all of the parties responsible for your injuries, and help you to obtain a fair recovery. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.