When a trucking accident occurs, it can lead to devastating consequences. These may include catastrophic injuries, property damage and even loss of life. Trucking accidents are often the result of various factors and tend to involve multiple parties. Understanding the potential parties liable in a trucking accident is important for determining accountability and seeking compensation.
The truck driver is responsible for operating the vehicle safely and adhering to traffic laws. If the driver was negligent, distracted, fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they could be directly responsible for the accident.
Trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers, ensuring proper maintenance of their vehicles and adhering to safety regulations. If a company neglects these responsibilities or encourages drivers to violate regulations, they may be liable for the accident.
Sometimes, accidents occur due to mechanical failures or defects in the truck itself. In such cases, the manufacturer of the truck or its components might be accountable. If a faulty brake system, engine malfunction or tire blowout contributes to the accident, the manufacturer could be liable.
Improper loading of cargo can lead to accidents. If the cargo is not secured correctly, it can shift during transit, causing the truck to lose balance and potentially crash.
Companies often hire maintenance contractors to service their vehicles. If these contractors fail to perform adequate maintenance and repairs, resulting in mechanical issues that lead to an accident, they may share liability. The National Safety Council reports the involvement of 5,700 large trucks in fatal crashes for the year 2021. These types of crashes are typically devastating and rarely simple. Getting the maximum amount of compensation you deserve requires understanding all the complexities of a trucking accident.