Who Is At Fault For The Truck Accident?
Due to the popularity of online shopping in today’s society, there are so many commercial trucks on the roads and highways throughout the United States. In order to fulfill consumer demands, truck drivers are under constant pressure to meet deadlines as quickly as possible, which is why truck accidents are a common occurrence.
Those who have suffered injuries after being involved in a collision with a negligent trucker can pursue financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, as well as pain and suffering. However, truck accident claims are often more complex compared to car accidents since there may be multiple parties at fault.
Victims of truck accidents can seek monetary damages against the following:
- Truck driver. Truckers are required to follow all state and federal traffic laws and operate their vehicle in the safest manner possible. When a driver’s negligent actions result in a collision, such as fatigued driving or drunk driving, he or she can be held liable for the accident and associated injuries.
- Trucking company. Companies are also held responsible for their employee’s actions and behavior while on the job. In many cases, they often place pressure on their truckers to deliver their shipments as fast as they can, sometimes encouraging them to ignore federal regulations, such as conducting routine inspections and maintenance, as well as overloaded cargo to reduce the amount of trips to complete a shipment.
- The cargo company. One of the most common causes of truck accidents is improperly loaded or unsecured cargo. If the cargo shifts during the driver, the truck can become unstable and difficult to maneuver, resulting in a rollover accident.
- Truck manufacturers. If there is a defective truck part or if the design of the truck does not adhere to federal safety regulations, then the manufacturer can be held liable for the collision. Commonly defective parts include tires and braking systems.
If you suffered a serious injury after being involved in a collision with a negligent truck driver, contact our Houston personal injury lawyer at Haines Law, P.C. today and request a free consultation today.