Which parties can be liable for a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Due to their size and weight, trucks can cause serious accidents. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, one out of eight traffic fatalities involve a collision with a large truck. If you are injured by a truck, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your damages.

This guide discusses four parties you can hold responsible for your injuries.

The driver

If the truck driver’s negligence causes the accident, perhaps they violated a traffic law, you can hold them responsible for your damages.

The trucking company

The trucking company may be liable for an accident if its negligence or expectations were contributing factors. For instance, if a company employs an incompetent driver or one who drinks while in the line of duty, it may be liable for an accident caused by such a driver.

Expectations, such as making many trips or orders, encouraging drivers to engage in aggressive behaviors, may also put liability on the company. Other factors are a work schedule that leads to exhaustion and a payment structure that encourages drivers to break the law.

The owner

If the trucking company owns the trucks, it is responsible for maintaining them. Thus, if a defective/damaged part causes your accident, it may be answerable. However, if it leases the trucks, the owners may be responsible for the accident.

The loading company

Most trucking companies work with loaders to load and unload cargo because they are skilled and have the needed resources. If a loading error, such as failing to secure cargo properly or not organizing it properly, causes the accident you are involved in, this party may be liable.

Establishing liability in a truck accident is vital. You should get legal guidance to identify the right party to answer your case. 

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