Truck accidents can leave high levels of damage due to their extreme size and weight. If you have been involved in a crash with a commercial truck, you may realize the difficulty of determining who can be held liable for your damages. If the semi truck was at fault for the collision, here are the four most common parties who may be held responsible:
- The Truck Driver. Truck driving requires long periods of non stop driving, and can sometimes lead to negligence on the part of the vehicle’s operator. If the driver was speeding, distracted, or overly tired, you may be able to hold them legally accountable for the accident.
- The Trucking Company. Trucking companies that employ the semi truck may be held liable for a variety of reasons. If they do not properly train their drivers and hold the vehicles up to current maintenance standards, they may be responsible. If the company encouraged the driver to work hours that are legally too long for one trip in order to quicken the delivery, they could also face liability.
- Cargo Companies. Sometimes an accident can be caused by improperly loaded cargo. It is imperative that trucks are loaded properly, because if the cargo is not secure it could fall off and cause an accident. If this is what happened in your case, the cargo company can be held liable for improper procedure.
- The Truck Manufacturer. In some rare cases, the company that made the semi truck could be liable. This occurs if the manufacturer poorly designed the truck, if there was a mechanical error, or defective parts.