Who is liable for a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Firm News

It should come as no surprise that the consequences of a truck accident can be far more devastating than an accident involving two passenger vehicles. In fact, the typical cost of an accident involving medical injuries is well over $100,000. With so much at stake in these injuries, it is important to file a claim against the party who is most responsible for your injuries, but who might that be? Typically, the liable party in a truck accident can be one of three different parties.

The driver

Like any motor vehicle accident, the driver who hit you can be ultimately responsible for your injuries. Common factors that can result in these accidents include driver fatigue, driving under the influence, speeding, and distracted driving. Your personal injury attorney can help you determine what may have caused the accident, as well as the police investigating the scene of the accident.

The employer

Even without being present at the scene of the crash, the company that employed the driver could be responsible for your injuries. For example, if they willingly hired someone with a history of reckless driving, failed to properly train the employee or confirm if they were qualified, or forced the driver to work long hours (which can cause them to speed or push them to exhaustion), they may be liable for their employee hurting you.

The product manufacturer

If your accident was the result of a defective product like brake pads or turn signals, the company responsible for producing the item may be responsible for the cost of your recovery. While this liability may be harder to prove than the others, it is still possible with the help of a skilled law firm at your side.

Hold the right party accountable

When you want to be sure that you are pursuing the compensation you deserve from the proper source, let the guidance of an experienced lawyer help you. With so many parties who could be liable for your injuries, such as the driver, their employer or a manufacturer, it pays to know who is truly responsible for your life-changing accident.