Is the Trucking Company Liable in a Truck Accident?

January 13, 2020

At any given time, car drivers will encounter a high number of trucks on both highways and local roads. The sheer size difference between a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer means that truck accidents can be very serious drivers. If a driver is involved in a truck accident, who is liable? Most drivers know that when they are involved in a collision with another car, the driver and their insurance company are the parties involved. However, with a truck, there can be multiple parties that can be liable for an accident.

Who is Potentially Responsible?

The American Trucking Association reports that almost 71 percent of the country’s freight is transported by truck. For drivers of other vehicles, sharing the road with large trucks can be a deadly combination. The trucking industry has approximately 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S., but not all are employees of the trucking company. Many drivers are independent contractors who own their own trucks and contract with companies. However, under federal law, even if a driver is an independent contractor the trucking carrier can still be sued for an accident. This is significant for accident victims who could only sue the independent contractor, which limited their ability to recover damages and compensation.

Trucking companies can be held responsible for accidents that occur when a driver is operating one of the trucks. The trucking company can also be responsible for lack of required maintenance that contributed to an accident. Maintenance and loading crews are also potentially liable if poor maintenance or overloading was a factor. Finally, the truck manufacturer is another potentially responsible entity due to issues of equipment failure or error.

Truck accidents can have extremely serious results due to their size and weight. Drivers and passengers involved in a collision with a truck can suffer serious injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, burns, internal injuries, disfigurement, and death. In any case involving a serious accident with a tractor trailer, it is essential to have a skilled truck accident lawyer on your side who is familiar with the intricacies of this industry. No one should take on the trucking industry without an experienced lawyer who can advocate to get you the best outcome for your injury.

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If you were injured in a truck accident, contact a Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer right away. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we will fight to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we serve clients throughout Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as North Carolina and nationwide. Please submit our online form to request a free initial consultation or call us at 757-352-2237.


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