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Who Can Be Held Liable in a Commercial Trucking Accident?

Last updated 6 years ago

Motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks can be especially devastating; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported over 100,000 large truck crash victims in a single year. Not only are commercial trucks very difficult to stop, but their sheer mass also creates a much higher chance of fatality. Legally speaking, commercial trucking accidents are also much more complicated than other motor vehicle accidents—partly because there are so many potential parties that can be held liable:  

  • Truck Manufacturer
    In theory, each and every part that goes into a truck is carefully examined upon manufacture. Still, many commercial trucking accidents are caused by malfunctioning parts. Most of the time, parts malfunction due to normal wear and tear; but sometimes, the cause is manufacturer negligence.
  • Truck Driver 
    Truck drivers often drive long hours and sometimes feel the need to deliver goods well ahead of their deadlines. Such factors often contribute to fatigued and reckless driving, which occasionally lead to devastating accidents.
  • Trucking Company
    Though the truck driver may be the one behind the wheel, sometimes he’s a victim, too. If the truck driver can prove that he was forced to drive all night long by his trucking company, the trucking company may be held legally responsible for all resulting damages.
  • Another Driver
    Of course, it’s unreasonable to blame the truck driver or trucking company every time there’s an accident involving a commercial truck. For example, a reckless driver might slam into a truck on the freeway and cause a chain reaction of accidents. In such a case, the reckless driver is liable.

If you’ve recently been injured in a commercial trucking accident, don’t hesitate to contact The Carlson Law Firm at (877) 2173696. Accidents involving commercial trucks are often extremely complicated and may involve several different factors. Luckily, our skilled personal injury attorneys can help you hold those at fault responsible and work to recover all damages suffered.   


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