Identifying All Liable Parties in Your Truck Accident Case Is Your Right
If a negligent trucker caused your injuries in a truck accident, you want to be fully compensated for your injuries. However, achieving this result may be more difficult than you think. One way is to identify and pursue claims against all possible liable parties.
Which Parties Could Be Responsible for Injury Compensation?
Entities besides the negligent truck driver could be responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Identifying and pursuing claims with any potentially liable parties can dramatically increase the likelihood that you'll receive the full value of your claim in your settlement.
When seeking compensation, consult with your attorney about whether the following parties are liable:
- The truck driver. Truck drivers can engage in many negligent practices that cause crashes. Speeding, texting or talking on a cellphone, violating federal rules that prohibit driving more than 11 hours without a rest break, and failing to inspect their trucks are a few ways they could be held liable.
- The trucking company. The trucking company could be responsible if it hired a trucker with previous problems or failed to properly supervise and train him. In addition, the company could be found negligent if its violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations contributed to your crash—often the case in truck accidents.
- The maintenance company and its employees. The trucking company may have hired another business to maintain and repair the truck involved in the crash, or had employees responsible for these duties. If lack of truck maintenance or repair caused your accident, these parties could face liability.
- The company responsible for cargo. Often, another company is responsible for loading the goods onto the truck trailer and for ensuring that the load is properly secured and balanced. When its representatives fail to do so properly, you may be able to pursue a claim against the organization.
- The truck and parts manufacturer. If defects in the truck or its parts contributed to your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation from the truck and parts manufacturer under a products liability claim.
An experienced truck accident attorney can to identify the potentially responsibility parties in your case and negotiate settlements with them. If you or a family member suffered injuries in a crash with a big rig, contact our office right away to schedule a free consultation.