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Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident With Catastrophic Injuries?

Truck accidents tend to be very serious in nature, which is why catastrophic injuries are fairly common in these sorts of wrecks.

Read on to learn who may be held responsible if you’re involved in a truck accident and endure catastrophic injuries as a result.

Liable Parties

If you’re involved in a trucking accident and you endure catastrophic injuries as a result, there are several parties that may be held responsible, depending on the cause of the crash. Any of the following parties may be held liable for a trucking accident that causes catastrophic injuries:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Truck owner
  • Cargo loaders or manufacturer

Truck Driver

The truck driver may be held responsible for an accident with catastrophic injuries for several reasons. The driver may break the law, have an operational issue with the truck, or may be distracted. If the driver consumes drugs or alcohol before or while driving, they may be held solely responsible for all damages incurred.

Certain factors are more likely to increase the probability of a truck driver being the at-fault party, such as the following:

  • Drive long hours on a single trip
  • Drive at night
  • Drive while tired
  • Have health ailments

It is common for a truck driver to be held solely liable for the injury or property damage as a result of an accident.

Trucking Company

Often, the company that hires a truck driver is held responsible for an accident with catastrophic injuries. Without the help of a skilled attorney or an expert, it can be challenging to prove that the trucking company is responsible for an accident.

A trucking company may be held liable for damages if any of the following occurs:

  • Conducts incomplete inspections
  • The company cuts corners around safety
  • The company has impractical expectations that prompt the trucker to drive further than they should in order to meet deadlines

Frequently, investigations indicate that the trucking company and manufacturer tend to share the responsibility in accidents that occur as a result of faulty equipment and cutting corners to boost speed.

Truck Owner

It is possible for trucking companies to use vehicles that they do not own. That means it’s possible for an owner to be held liable for an accident if they do not adequately do the following:

  • Inspect the equipment
  • Check the engine
  • Maintain the tires
  • Maintain the inner workings of the truck

The individual truck owner needs to provide adequate upkeep on the following:

  • Brakes
  • Vehicle fluids
  • Tires
  • Electronic system

Federal regulations require that trucks are inspected and maintained regularly. If the truck owner fails to follow the steps that the federal government specifies, it’s possible for the truck owner to be held liable in an accident causing catastrophic injuries.

Cargo Loaders or Manufacturer

It’s possible for an accident that causes catastrophic injuries to involve the cargo on the truck. If the individual who loaded the truck failed to fully inspect the cargo and adequately secure it, he or she may be held responsible for an accident that results from falling boxes or equipment.

Similarly, the manufacturer of portions of the truck may be responsible for an accident that results from a defect. For instance, a parts manufacturer may be held liable if the parts batch malfunctions and causes a tire blowout, mechanical failure, or impaired brakes.

We’re Here to Help

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck and you endured catastrophic injuries as a result, our attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC are here to help. We have assisted hundreds of people obtain justice, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

Call us today at (866) 675-4427 to have an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC evaluate your case.