Truck accidents are often deadly and come with serious repercussions for those involved. One of the reasons truck accident litigation is so complicated is because of the number of parties who can be held liable for the accident. Even if an accident takes place because of negligence or distraction on the part of the truck driver, he or she may not be liable. Going up against a big trucking company can be intimidating, to say the least. Not only do these companies have money on their side, but they will do everything they can to silence the other parties and ensure there is no bad press surrounding the company. The attorneys at Rad Law Firm understand the complex nature of these types of cases and will do everything we can to help you recover damages for your injuries or losses.
The moments, days, and weeks following a truck accident can be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least. It is completely natural to feel upset, angry, and confused. Whether you’re left with serious injuries or lost a loved one, you undoubtedly want to ensure the person responsible for the accident is held accountable for what happened. Victims of large truck accidents are often left to face painful physical and emotional recoveries that keep them from working and impact their quality of life. Medical bills begin to pile up and it can be difficult not to give into the financial and emotional stress that comes with the trauma of the accident. It is only natural to want to seek justice and compensation, but where do you start and who can be held liable? When a commercial truck is involved, the answer is not as straightforward as we would hope.
Who is Responsible?
When it comes to truck accidents, there are many different parties who may be held liable for your injuries, including:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The person or company that leased the truck
- The manufacturer of the vehicle
- The loader of the truck’s cargo
- The trucking company
As you can see, determining who is responsible for a large truck accident isn’t easy. In many cases, the trucking and leasing companies will discuss amongst themselves whose insurance should have to compensate the victim for any injuries or damages. These parties often go in circles trying to place the blame on the other. For example, the trucking company may argue the accident was caused by malfunctioning equipment, which leads the manufacturer to claim the leasing company is at fault because they did not check the vehicle for any issues. This is why you need a good truck accident lawyer. Not only do we understand the ins and outs of these types of cases, but we will work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated.
The trucking company may be liable for the accident if the driver was an employee (versus a contract worker), as long as the actions that led to the accident were unintentional and committed within the scope of employment. If the driver is an independent contractor, they are not protected by the trucking company they work for and therefore can be held liable.
To learn more about liability following a truck accident, please contact the Dallas personal injury lawyers at Rad Law Firm today and schedule a free consultation.