Truck accidents are far more serious than car accidents, and they can be far more complex
when it comes to liability. There are a number of factors that are an
issue when a commercial truck is involved in an accident, including ownership
and insurance. Here are some factors that can influence who is liable
for truck accidents.
The Nature of the Accident
The cause of a truck accident is important for determining liability in
an accident. The driver, trucking company, owner of the truck, leasing
party of the truck, or even the manufacturer of the truck may be at fault,
depending on the circumstances of the accident.
If the accident occurred due to an error made by the driver, it is possible
that the driver will be held liable for the accident. The trucking company
that employs the driver may also be to blame. If the driver made a mistake
due to inadequate training, the trucking company could be held liable
for not training the driver thoroughly enough. If the driver caused an
accident due to tiredness, the trucking company may be held liable, if
it was found that they allowed their drivers to drive beyond the time
limit drivers are legally allowed to drive.
Mechanical Failure Due to Maintenance Issues
The party who owns or leases the truck is responsible for ensuring that
the truck gets regular maintenance to keep it in good shape and catch
potential issues early. Many truck accidents are caused by mechanical
failures due to improper maintenance or adjustments. If an accident is
caused by a mechanical failure, the party who is responsible for maintaining
the truck may be liable.
Mechanical Failure Due to Faulty Manufacturing
Mechanical failures can occur due to manufacturing faults as well. The
manufacturer may be held liable if it can be demonstrated at the faulty
part failed under normal operation, and the failure was not due to misuse
or poor maintenance.
It isn’t uncommon that multiple insurance policies may be involved
in the accident, since the driver, trucking company, leasing party, and
others involved may each have insurance coverage to protect them. In addition
to multiple policies, you may also have several lawyers working on the
claims related to the accident. Because of the complexity of these accidents,
it is highly recommended that you enlist the services of an experienced
and knowledgeable truck accident attorney to help you with your claim.
truck accident lawyers are well-versed in the dangers of commercial trucks, and we can
help you if you’ve been injured in a truck accident. At the
Denali Law Group, we are backed by more than 75 years of shared legal service, and we are
prepared to take on your case. Don’t wait to get help fighting for
your right to compensation.
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