Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident and How to Prove It?
There is no denying that truck accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on our roadways. Additionally, massive semis continue to put so many miles behind them that the risk of dangerous truck accidents continues to grow. When it comes to truck accidents, liability generally lies with the truck driver, the trucking company, or the truck and parts manufacturer – or it can be shared by any combination of these parties. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, make the call to an experienced Cumming truck accident attorney today.
Truck Accident Claims Are Complicated
Truck accidents are as dangerous as their claims are complicated. Proving liability tends to require rigorous investigation that is best left to a professional personal injury attorney with extensive experience guiding successful truck accident cases. The most salient point to understand when it comes to truck accidents is that liability is often shared among entities, and getting to the bottom of the liability issue is imperative.
Negligent Truck Drivers
It can’t be denied that truck drivers are the first line of defense in truck accidents and that truck driver negligence tends to play a significant role in these often-life-threatening accidents. Consider all of the following forms of dangerous truck driver negligence:
It’s important to recognize, however, that truck drivers are often employees of trucking companies, and as such, even liability related to truck driver negligence can sometimes be shared by the trucking company. For example, if the trucking company hires a trucker with a DUI on his or her record, the trucking company may be implicated in the truck accident claim. Further, if the trucking company pushes the trucker to drive outside of the careful hours-of-service restriction, it could share the blame in an accident caused by a drowsy trucker.
The Trucking Company’s Role
The trucking company is a business that is motivated by profits, and if it is willing to sacrifice safety for those profits, it can be found liable in any ensuing truck accidents. Trucking companies bear all of the following critical responsibilities:
- Hiring safe, reliable, and experienced truckers
- Hiring reliable and experienced truck mechanics
- Implementing and enforcing careful maintenance and safety-check schedules
- Maintaining a road-worthy fleet of big rigs
- Overseeing the entire trucking operation for overarching safety concerns
The Truck Manufacturer
Truck manufacturers are responsible for building safe trucks that are based on safe designs and that incorporate safe truck parts. When a manufacturer does otherwise, it can lead to or contribute to life-threatening truck accidents.
An Experienced Forsyth County Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, determining whether the truck driver, the trucking company, or the truck manufacturer is liable is a complicated but critical task that the dedicated personal injury attorneys atBanks, Stubbs & McFarland – proudly serving both Forsyth County and Cumming – are ready to skillfully tackle. Your case matters, so please don’t hesitate tocontact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.