Truck Drivers Are Not the Only Potential Liable Parties in a California Truck Accident
If you are involved in a truck accident in California in which the truck driver was at fault, then you might understandably assume that they are liable for the injuries you suffered. The truth is that there are actually many parties who can be liable for a truck accident. Read on to learn who they are, and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you require a free legal consultation.
A Trucking Company
If the truck driver was working for a trucking company, that trucking company could potentially be liable for any injuries their driver caused. They might not have properly maintained their vehicles, they might not have correctly completed background checks on their drivers, or they might have forced their drivers to stay on the road for longer than was safe or legal.
A Truck Leasing Company
In some cases, neither the truck driver nor the truck company actually owns the truck – it is leased from a trucking leasing company. In this case, it is possible that the truck leasing company is liable. For example, if they have not properly maintained their vehicles or sent a vehicle to a client knowing that the vehicle was damaged, then they might be held accountable.
A Maintenance Company
It is common for trucking and leasing companies to outsource their maintenance needs. If they do, then the maintenance company could play a role in the accident and might be partially liable. For example, if they put in an inferior part that failed, or if they did not complete repairs or maintenance as requested.
A Loading Dock Crew
When a truck is not loaded correctly, an accident can result. If the truck was loaded at a loading dock, then that crew (or their employer) could be accountable. These crews are required to follow industry standards when loading cargo. If they fail to do so and the cargo shifts, the truck can jackknife or otherwise cause a serious accident.
A Truck or Part Manufacturer
If the truck was faulty when it came off the production line, then the company that designed and/or manufactured it can be held responsible. Likewise, if the accident was caused a least partially by a faulty part, then the parts manufacturer and/or distributor could be found at fault. Note that this does not always apply. For example, if a company issues a recall and the truck owner does not follow up, then the manufacturer would likely not be found at fault.
If you have been involved in a truck accident and have questions about how you can best proceed, we invite you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We can go over the facts and help you make the most informed decision about how to proceed.