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The Potentially Liable Parties in a Truck Accident

Truck accidents are substantially more complex compared to car accidents. Not only does a collision with a massive semi-truck or tractor-trailer result in more serious and even fatal injuries, but it may also be the responsibility of more than one party besides the truck driver. 

The following are the potentially responsible parties in a truck accident: 

  • Truck driver – Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. Common errors committed by truckers include violating the law (e.g., speeding, reckless driving, texting while driving, failing to yield right of way, etc.), driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drowsy or fatigued driving, or failing to properly inspect or maintain their trucks before embarking on a trip. 

  • Carrier or trucking company – Since most truck drivers involved in crashes were acting within the scope of their employment, the trucking company may also be held liable for their employees. A carrier may take shortcuts around safety by failing to conduct routine inspections and maintenance on its vehicles or encourage its drivers to meet strict deadlines by staying on the road longer than federally mandated. 

  • Loading companies – Another party that can be responsible for a truck accident is a cargo shipper or loader, who is tasked with loading the cargo onto a truck and ensure the cargo is properly contained and secured. If a loading company fails to properly distribute or secure its cargo and the cargo falls and spills into the road or causes the truck to tip over, it can be held liable for causing a crash. 

  • Vehicle and equipment manufacturers – Another common cause of a truck accident are defective vehicles and auto parts. Common mechanical failures caused by defective parts include brake failure, tire blowouts, faulty steering wheel, improper trailer attachment, and transmission failure. 

In order to maximize financial compensation, injured victims must hold the correct parties liable for their losses. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the truck accident, gather and examine the evidence, and determine which parties are at fault. 

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a truck accident in Louisville, KY, contact Walker Wallace PLC today at (502) 937-1125 for a free initial consultation. Serving personal injury clients for over 20 years