Truck accidents can be catastrophic, often resulting in significant property damage, severe injuries, or even loss of life. Due to the nature of the vehicles and how accidents can occur, determining liability in these cases can be more complex than other motor vehicle accidents. With multiple parties involved, it’s essential to understand the different types of liability in truck accidents.
The truck driver can be held liable if their negligence or recklessness caused the accident. Recklessness could include speeding, fatigue, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, or violation of traffic laws.
Other Vehicle Drivers
On the other hand, drivers of other vehicles involved in an accident with a truck can also be held responsible if the accident was due to their recklessness.
The trucking company may also bear responsibility for an accident. They could be liable if they failed to maintain their vehicles properly, hired drivers without appropriate vetting, or encouraged unsafe driving practices like overloading or skipping mandatory rest breaks.
The manufacturer could be held accountable if a defect in the truck or its parts contributed to the accident. Potential defects involve faulty brakes, defective tires, or a malfunctioning steering system.
Sometimes, the way cargo is loaded onto a truck can lead to accidents. If the cargo was improperly secured or unevenly distributed, causing the truck to tip or lose control, the party responsible for loading the cargo could be held liable.
Third-party maintenance providers, such as mechanics, can be held responsible if they had failed to adequately maintain the truck, leading to mechanical failure.
Work with a Truck Wreck Specialist
Because liability is a complex issue in truck accident cases, your legal case after an accident can be even more complicated. At The Hamilton Firm LLC, we know how to help victims of truck accidents recover damages. We have a proven track record of tackling liable parties throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve.