Who Should Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
Trucking accidents may result in serious injuries and property damage. Since commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles are often severe. Unlike car accidents, where the liability is generally limited to the driver or the car manufacturer, truck crashes may be caused by a host of factors. This means many different parties may be held liable.
Who may be responsible for a commercial truck wreck?
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The cargo loader
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck maintenance company
A thorough investigation will need to be conducted in order to determine what caused the crash and who is responsible. The truck driver and trucking company must inspect all vehicles before departing, and abide by federal and state trucking laws. If they fail in this matter, you will be able to pursue justice through a lawsuit.
On the other hand, if a mechanical failure caused the accident, or the cargo was not loaded properly, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer or loading company. Some trucking companies also hire independent third parties to perform maintenance of the vehicles. If the investigation shows that the maintenance crew made a mistake or acted negligently and caused the accident, they may be held liable in court for your injuries and property damage.
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At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, we have provided informative and compassionate legal assistance to numerous individuals and families in New York. Truck crashes can cause serious property damage and injuries. Our Brooklyn truck accident attorneys can work with police and federal trucking agencies to uphold your right to compensation. As you pursue justice, we will answer your questions and tirelessly fight on your behalf.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck crash, contact our legal team today to schedule a free case evaluation.