You may think that the truck driver who caused your accident was probably fatigued, distracted or just reckless since most crashes arise from human error. However, it is not always the case. Some things are beyond the driver’s control or knowledge, and they may have little, if anything, to do with the crash.
It is what makes truck accident claims different and somewhat complicated compared to ordinary car accident claims. Without a clear picture of the negligent party, you may be unsure about who to hold liable for the damages you suffered from the crash.
The potentially liable parties in a truck accident claim
If the driver is not to blame, then who is? The answer to that may not be as straightforward as it depends on the circumstances of the crash. There may be multiple parties who may share liability.
For instance, the trucking company may be held liable for a crash caused by poor truck maintenance or a failure to conduct background checks and regular safety reviews on its drivers. Similarly, liability may fall on the trucking company if it pressured its drivers to violate federal and state safety regulations such as the Hours of Service (HOS).
For accidents caused by loosely secured cargo, the loading company could be held liable, as can manufacturers, if the crash happened due to a defective car part.
Get help with your truck accident claim
Truck accidents often result in life-changing injuries, and it is crucial to have a strong case that will ensure you get the compensation you deserve. As such, it is worthwhile to consider reaching out for qualified guidance on handling every aspect of your claim – from establishing fault to representing your interests during settlement negotiations.