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Who is liable for my truck accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2022 | Truck accidents |

Truck accidents commonly result in the most devastating injuries on the road. In fact, truck accidents are so dangerous that the fatality rate of these accidents is at a 30-year high. When you are trying to secure the compensation you need to cover the costs of your truck accident, you may be surprised to learn that there are more potentially liable parties than you expected. In fact, there are three commonly liable parties for a truck accident, including:

The driver

Most people turn their blame for an accident toward the driver. After all, common causes of truck accidents include driver fatigue, inexperience, reckless driving and regulation violations. All it takes is a single mistake to happen for a truck driver to cause an accident with a lifetime of consequences.

The employer

It is possible for the driver’s employer to be liable for the accident. Common causes of liability include if the employer fails to properly train the employee or verify they are certified to drive a commercial truck. In some cases, the company may be liable if the employer pushed the driver into working too much, causing fatigue, or if they instructed the driver to violate loading or maintenance regulations.

The manufacturer

Sometimes, the truck accident is the result of a failed truck component rather than the driver or their employer. A defective truck piece like a brake pad, tire, or another vital component failing can quickly spell disaster for the truck driver and anyone around them on the road.

Let your lawyer maximize your compensation

While you may think that filing a claim directly against the driver in your truck accident is the best option to take, your lawyer may be able to review your case and confirm if there is a better way of maximizing your compensation. There are multiple parties that can be liable for your accident, so make sure your lawyer is considering all your options before filing your claim.