Truck accidents often lead to life-threatening injuries with devastating consequences. Fortunately, truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. But first, they must prove liability. Here’s a look at the parties that could be liable for truck accidents:
Just like other drivers, truck operators can be held liable in a personal injury case. The truck driver is liable if the accident occurred as a result of his negligence. For example, let’s say the truck driver collided with your vehicle because he was texting instead of paying attention to the road. It is negligent to take your eyes off of the road in order to send a text, so the truck driver would be liable in this example.
Other examples of negligence may include speeding, running a traffic light, failing to obey traffic signs, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a truck driver engages in any of these negligent behaviors, he could be held liable for your injuries.
A trucking company can be held liable for a number of reasons. Did the trucking company hire a driver with an unsafe driving record? Is the driver too tired to safely operate a truck because he was pushed to meet unrealistic deadlines? Did the company fail to comply with safety regulations? Was the truck unsafe to operate because the company failed to properly maintain it? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the trucking company could potentially be liable for your injuries.
If the cargo’s weight is not distributed evenly, the driver may lose control of the truck and crash into another vehicle. Improperly loaded cargo can also fly off of the truck and smash into someone’s car. If an accident is caused by one of these cargo issues, the cargo loader could be held liable for your injuries.
Accidents can occur as a result of a defective or malfunctioning part. For example, if the brakes suddenly start to malfunction, the truck driver may not be able to stop the truck before it collides into another vehicle. If a defective part is to blame, the manufacturer of the part could be held liable for the accident.
It’s important to note that more than one of these parties could be held liable in a truck accident case. For this reason, it’s best to have an attorney conduct a thorough investigation to determine liability.
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so, seek legal representation from attorney Martin Gasparian at once. Truck accident cases are known for their complexity, and Mr. Gasparian has the legal experience and resources you need to win. Schedule a free consultation regarding your case by calling 559-203-3333 or submitting your information at MaisonLaw.com.