Who is Responsible for Your Commercial Truck Crash?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), about 328,000 truck accidents and 83,000 injuries happened in a single year in the United States. With Amazon and other convenient online ordering services, large trucks are not only on the highways but have increased in our neighborhoods as well. No matter where you are, a collision with a large commercial vehicle can cause serious damage to your vehicle and serious injuries to you.
Truck accident injuries often require extensive medical care, and you may have to miss work while you recover, causing you to lose income. If a someone else was responsible for causing the crash, they should be liable for all of your crash-related losses. So how do you know who can be liable after a truck accident?
To be honest, determining responsibility in a truck accident can be complicated – and much more complicated than a regular car accident. This is because there may be many possibly liable parties or multiple parties in the same case. For example:
- Truck driver – Truck drivers are specially trained with special driver’s licenses, though they can make mistakes like any other driver. Truck drivers can engage in distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving, fatigued driving, or other violations or traffic laws or FMCSA regulations. This would make them the negligent party who was responsible for the crash.
- Trucking company – When a trucking company employs a driver who is negligent, the company may also be held liable for the crash. Companies can also be negligent by hiring or retaining dangerous or unqualified drivers or by violating safety and inspection requirements.
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Other third parties may also be involved in a truck accident, so it is critical to have an attorney who understands how to investigate and identify liability. After a crash, The Law Offices of Brian Brandt will protect your rights, so call 800.983.4467 or contact us online to schedule your case evaluation.