Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

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If you’re like most people, you are probably more cautious when driving near large trucks and tractor-trailers. Your vigilance is warranted — semi-trucks and flatbeds can cause devastating accidents. If you or someone you love is involved in a truck accident, you may be wondering who is responsible and if any legal action can be taken.

Typically, the following parties are to blame in trucking accidents:

Driver — Driving a truck requires special training and a commercial driver license. A driver who is exhausted, distracted or intoxicated may collide with oncoming traffic, other vehicles or fixed objects.

Manufacturer —Your accident may also have been caused by a vehicle defect. If the truck that hit you has tires, brakes or some other component that malfunctioned, liability may in fact be on the truck manufacturer.

Company — Trucking companies may be held liable for accidents if they fail to hire drivers who are of age and properly trained. Further, trucking companies can be held responsible for not administering routine drug tests.

Cargo loading company — Tractor-trailers are large vehicles with powerful engines that are designed to transport a hefty load. However, if cargo is not loaded properly, it can affect how a semi-truck drives and handles and even lead to a serious automotive accident.

For many victims and families, after the healing process begins, anger and frustration sets in.