Potentially Liable Parties in a Commercial Truck Accident Lawsuit

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Explore:  Trucking Accident

Commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. In 2011 alone, there were 273,000 large truck accidents, which caused 60,000 injuries and 3,341 fatalities in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, a number of parties may be liable for the damages.

Potentially liable parties

Truck accidents occur for a number of reasons. For example, a truck driver may be overworked, drowsy or abusing prescription drugs. The truck itself may be in poor condition or running on inadequate parts. When a truck accident occurs, a number of parties may be to blame. Possible defendants in a commercial truck accident lawsuit include:

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck
  • The manufacturers of truck parts

Available damages

A truck accident can result in considerable damages. The victim may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages

Statute of limitations

Any civil lawsuit must be filed within the statute of limitations. In most cases, a civil lawsuit based on a truck accident must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. If a truck accident results in a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the death. However, there are exceptions which extend the statute of limitations when the injured party is a minor child or legally disabled.

Topics:  Trucking Accident

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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