Who Is Liable If You Have Been In A Trucking Accident?
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
In the aftermath of a collision with a truck, it is important to realize that these cases can be much more complicated than a simple car accident. There are many different parties involved, not just you and the driver. The owner of the truck, trailer and the goods being transported will also be connected to the situation. If the truck driver was breaking trucking regulations causing a fatigued driver that resulted in a crash, or if the shipper improperly loaded the truck leading to an accident, this can change who may be at fault.
Typically the federal trucking laws and regulations are used to determine liability in these types of cases. They can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
What are the parties that could be responsible?
As we mentioned earlier, there can be many different people that may have played a part in causing the accident, including:
- The truck or trailer owner
- The driver of the truck
- Any and all manufacturers of the parts that make up the truck
- The company who may have leased the truck from the original owner
- Whoever loaded the truck’s shipment
This can get extremely complicated , as each individual person or company that is involved will often fight over whose insurance should be held liable. It is advisable to have an accomplished truck accident lawyer with you as you seek out the financial help you need from whoever may be to blame. In some cases, these trucking companies may even try to avoid liability altogether which is why it is imperative that you retain the qualified help you deserve.
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