5 Parties That Could Be Held Responsible for Damages After a Truck Accident
If you are involved in a truck accident with a commercial driver, there are several parties who may be at fault and may be responsible for your damages. Keep reading to find out who they could be and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
- The Truck Driver In most cases, people assume that the truck driver is the one at fault – and this may be the case. If they were speeding, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving in a reckless manner, driving for longer than they were legally allowed to, or distracted by texting or other electronics then it could be that they are at fault. This is the first party your personal injury attorney will likely consider when determining fault.
- The Truck Driver’s Employer The company that owns the truck that was involved in the accident may be liable for the accident. This could be true if the truck driver was on duty and the employer is liable for their actions. It could also be true if the truck driver’s employer was responsible for maintenance and care on the truck, and a lack of maintenance and care contributed to the accident.
- The Manufacturer of the Truck If the issue that caused or contributed to the accident was related to the design or manufacturing of the truck, then it is possible that the manufacturer may be partially at fault and held liable. This is only applicable if they were truly negligent but your attorney can help determine if that was the case.
- The Manufacturer of Parts Used on the Truck By the same token, if the accident was caused by faulty, defective parts, or said parts contributed to the accident, then it may be that the manufacturer of those parts can be held liable. For example, if there was an issue with the airbag that made injuries more severe then the manufacturer of the airbag could be found partially liable.
- The Mechanic That Worked on the Truck In the event that the truck was improperly or negligently serviced, then the mechanic that did the poor work may be held responsible.