Who Can Be Held Responsible In a Trucking Accident?
A trucking accident occurs, and you’re left trying to figure out what comes next. Like any situation, you must work to determine who is liable for the damage you sustain. Unfortunately, matters are not as simple as you would hope because multiple people can have a hand in causing a crash.
If you need to seek compensation after a truck crash, you should know the potentially liable parties. We’ll explain how different people can be responsible for your injuries.
The Truck Driver
A truck driver may be negligent if he or she operates the truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted, fatigued, or otherwise driving recklessly. Ignoring the Hours of Service regulations, speed limits, and other traffic laws can lead to significant problems, crashes, and severe injuries.
The Truck Company Owner
To meet deadlines, trucking company owners may encourage drivers to work beyond the Hours of Service regulations to get where they need to be. The trucking company owner may also be responsible for maintenance and repairs, as necessary. Unfortunately, trucking company owners often prioritize making money over public safety.
The Employee Responsible for Loading Cargo
Employees within the warehouse must ensure they’re loading the cargo into the trailer evenly and within the limits of federal weight restrictions. If they overload a trailer or make it heavier on one side, it can lead to a severe crash on sharp turns, heavy winds, and other scenarios.
The Manufacturer of Trucking Parts
Third-party lawsuits in a trucking accident case can involve manufacturers who make defective parts on a truck. For instance, if a truck’s brakes fail, it can be due to a design or manufacturing defect. In this situation, the manufacturer may be liable for the damages you sustain.
Our Bryan-College Station truck accident lawyers at The Payne Law Group are here to help you understand who you can hold accountable for your injuries. We’ll build a strong case strategy on your behalf and help you seek the compensation you deserve.