Who Can Be Held Liable for My Truck Accident?

Nov 4, 2020 | Truck Accidents

Depending on the circumstances of your truck accident, there may be several parties who can be held liable for the damages you have suffered. Your claim may be against an individual or multiple entities that include:

The Driver

If it can be proven that the driver was driving in a negligent manner, such as driving while intoxicated, they can be held liable for the damages you suffered. As previously mentioned, driving records, write-ups, complaints against the driver, a recorded history of accidents, and drug/alcohol tests results can all be used to strengthen your claim.

The Party Responsible for the Driver

If the driver works for a company that failed to adequately train or supervise the individual, or hired the driver despite their bad driving history, they may be held liable for their employee’s actions.

The Party Responsible for Maintenance

This party can include the owner-operator, leasing company, or trucking company. These parties are responsible for maintaining the truck, keeping maintenance records, and complying with federal laws.

Defective Parts Manufacturer

If the accident is the result of a defective part, then your claim may be a product liability issue. This means you may have a right to file a lawsuit against the party who manufactured the defective truck part.

The Trailer Loading Company

If the company that loads the trailer of the semi-truck does so improperly, including overloading, it can have a negative effect on the driver’s ability to handle the vehicle safely. The loading company can be held liable if an improperly loaded trailer led to your accident.

Contact a Houston Truck Accident Attorney

A serious truck accident can turn your life upside down in an instant. Mounting medical bills, inability to work, and the pain and suffering from a traumatic injury are challenges that no one should have to face alone. That’s why our experienced truck accident attorneys are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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