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What Parties Could Be Liable For a Truck Accident?

WHAT PARTIES COULD BE LIABLE FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT?

Commercial trucking operations involve multiple parties, which means it is not just the driver who could be held liable for a truck accident.

For this reason, it is important to know which parties could be held liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you experienced after a truck accident.

However, these parties often attempt to deny responsibility, so it is important that you work with a skilled Los Angeles truck accident attorney to help identify the at-fault party and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at Fair Cases Law Group to schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.

1. TRUCK DRIVERS

Driver error is one of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents. Some reasons that may have contributed to a truck driver causing an accident include:
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Impairment from drugs or alcohol
  • Traffic law violations, including ignoring signals and speeding
  • Violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours of service rules
  • Medical conditions or events that left the driver incapable of operating the truck
  • Reckless or aggressive driving

Our truck accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and the truck driver to see if he or she has driving record violations or infractions.

Additionally, we will review the truck’s event data record (black box) to determine if the truck was speeding before the accident or if other elements may have led to the crash.

By using this evidence, we may be able to determine if the truck driver is at fault for your accident.

2. TRUCKING COMPANIES

Trucking companies have a duty to hire qualified drivers who have the proper training to operate large commercial vehicles. Additionally, trucking companies are obligated to frequently test their drivers for drug and alcohol use.

When a trucking company fails to uphold its duty, the company may be held liable for a truck accident. This includes situations where a trucking company:

  • Employed drivers who do not hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Failed to adequately train drivers for the job
  • Allowed or forced drivers to violate hours of service rules
  • Hired drivers with drug or alcohol violations or a poor driving record

If you have been in an accident contact Fair Cases Law Group for a free consultation. A free consultation means you can get a better idea of what your claim might be worth without any cost to you.

To learn more about how we can help as your attorney, please call us at (833) 324-7111 and request a free consultation.

3. PARTS MANUFACTURERS

A commercial truck accident may be caused by a defective vehicle part or mechanical failures. If this was the cause of your accident, the manufacturer of the defective part or component could be held liable for your injury.

A defective part may be to blame if one of the following issues was the cause of your truck accident:

  • Transmission failure
  • Steering system failure
  • Brake failure
  • Tire blowouts
  • Defective hitch
  • Defective lighting

Often, mechanical issues in commercial trucks are the result of poor maintenance. Trucking companies and their drivers are required to perform regular maintenance inspections on commercial vehicles before using them on long-distance trips.

An attorney will review the truck’s maintenance logs to determine if inadequate care may be the reason for the crash, or if the vehicle’s parts have been recalled or are known to be defective. This may help your attorney determine if the owner’s negligence is to blame or if the manufacturer of the vehicle’s parts is at fault.

4. LOADING COMPANIES

Because commercial trucks carry cargo across the country, the company that loads the cargo must make sure the contents are safely secured while traveling.

To determine which party was responsible for safely loading a truck’s contents, your attorney will obtain the vehicle’s cargo records, which indicate which party is responsible for securing the load.

A loading company may be held liable for a truck accident if the cargo:

  • Was not secured
  • Was exposed
  • Fell from the truck
  • Was distributed improperly, causing the tractor-trailer to tip over

Don’t Make the Mistake That Could Cost You Thousands

Make sure you understand what is at stake before accepting the insurance company’s offer or sign away your rights in a settlement. The insurance company is a business, and they may not have your best interests at heart. With that said, you may end up making all kinds of mistakes on your own, for example:
  • Accidently admit fault for the accident
  • Assume your injuries are too minor to justify a claim
  • Forget you deserve compensation for lost pay and lost earning power
  • Neglect to include your future medical costs in your demand for compensation
  • Accept an inadequate settlement offer because you don’t realize what you deserve or you are too tired of fighting on your own

When you hire Fair Cases Law Group as your attorney, you can rest assured we can help you maximize your compensation.

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We will also help you see the right doctors, repair or replace your vehicle, gather documentation for your injuries and losses, and arrive at a full and fair figure for compensation.

GET HELP AFTER A TRUCK ACCIDENT

Working with a skilled and knowledgeable truck accident attorney may help you recover the fair compensation you deserve after being injured in a truck collision.

The Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Fair Cases Law Group are knowledgeable regarding the commercial trucking industry and applicable laws. We have helped numerous victims of negligence pursue the compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident.

To find out if you have legal options available after being injured in a truck accident, schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our personal injury lawyers. We work on contingency, which means there are no upfront legal fees. We only receive payment if we recover compensation for you. Call (833) 324-7111.

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