If you are the victim of a truck accident, you may be wondering who is responsible and what actually a caused the accident. Unfortunately, these types of crashes are much more complicated than a simple car accident. There are often many parties involved aside from the truck driver.
The following are the common parties who may be responsible for a victim’s injuries in a truck accident:
- The driver – A trucker may have caused a crash due to negligent behavior such as fatigued driving or speeding. Additionally, a driver is also responsible for inspecting the rig to ensure proper maintenance or loading of cargo. If a maintenance issue or cargo shift caused the truck accident, the driver may be held liable for the accident.
- The trucking company – There are many cases where companies put unrealistic expectations on their drivers with strict deadlines in order to make a profit. Due to these unreasonable schedules, drivers may engage in dangerous behavior in order to stay employed.
- The cargo companies – Trucks can carry a massive amount of cargo. Often times, these pieces of cargo are unsafely loaded or even overloaded on trucks, resulting in maneuverability issues and tire blowouts that lead to accidents.
- The truck and truck part manufacturers – In some truck accident cases, a crash may have been caused by a defective auto part, such as faulty tires or brake defects. If this is the case, victims may be able to recover compensation from the auto part manufacturer, distributor, or another party that made a defective product available to consumers.
If an investigation shows that several parties may be held liable for a truck accident, victims may be able to maximize the compensation they obtain for their losses through multiple claims. At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients for more than four decades. Our Fort Worth personal injury attorney understands what it takes to identify all of the parties responsible for your accident and injuries.