Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
An accident involving a commercial truck is much more complicated to deal with than a wreck between two cars. Instead of simply trading information with another driver you must collect an assortment of documents, because truck accidents can involve a number of guilty parties.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
In the case of a collision with a commercial truck that was caused by a negligent third-party, an experienced lawyer can pursue compensation from any one of the following parties:
- Driver. A driver can be held liable if they are speeding, tailgating, texting, under the influence or failing to follow local traffic laws. Fault also depends on whether the driver is an employee or an independent contractor.
- Trucking company. If the owner of the truck trailer acted negligently, they may be held responsible. Many times companies place unrealistic expectations on drivers, which forces them to ignore federal rules and regulations. An overworked driver is more likely to cause an accident than one who gets the recommended 7 hours of sleep.
- Person who leased the truck. If someone is leasing the truck, they can be held liable in place of the owner.
- Third-party maintenance and repair company. If the trucking company hires a third-party to maintain their trucks, they may be at fault if they are negligent during their inspections.
- Manufacturer. A poorly designed tire that explodes in the middle of a highway and causes an accident may be the fault of the manufacturer.
- Cargo shipper/loader. Improperly loaded and overloaded cargo can make it harder for a driver to properly control their truck. Whoever was in charge of loading or shipping the cargo may be held liable.
Determining liability in a truck accident requires speed, experience and determination. At The Beasley Firm, we will work tirelessly to identify which parties can be held responsible for your injuries and how much you can pursue in damages. Contact our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation.
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