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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?

Understanding Your Legal Options After a Truck Accident

Legally speaking, commercial truck accidents tend to be more complex than typical motor vehicle accidents. This is due in large part to the many liable parties that might be responsible for the accident. A truck driver isn't the only person who may be responsible for an accident - his or her employer may face liability for negligent hiring, for example, or for encouraging a driver to break the rules. Other parties who may share liability for an accident may include the company in charge of maintaining a truck, the municipal entity responsible for the design and maintenance of a road, or a third party.

A truck accident might be the result of:

  • Driver error
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Lack of proper training
  • Defective tires
  • Unsafe road design
  • Reckless driving
  • Faulty brakes
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Impractical driving schedules
  • Unreasonable quotas
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Fatigued driving

These are just some of the factors that can contribute to a commercial truck accident. In many cases, an accident is caused by multiple different factors, which can mean that multiple different parties could be liable.

Determining Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident

The liable party for a truck accident will depend on the circumstances surrounding the collision. Perhaps the company that owns the truck required truck drivers to meet unrealistic quotas, leading to the involved truck driver speeding or driving for more than the maximum eight hours. Maybe the manufacturer of the truck itself was aware of a defect with the truck’s brakes, but failed to correct the problem. It’s even possible that the truck driver was distracted and then experienced a tire blowout thanks to a defective design, resulting in a serious collision. There are countless circumstances that could lead to an accident, and in any instance, a multitude of parties may be liable.

The most common liable parties for truck accidents include any one or combination of the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The company that owns the truck
  • The company that leases the truck
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of one of the truck’s parts
  • The company that employed the truck driver

The exact liable party or parties will vary based on the situation at hand. In any case, it’s important to enlist the help of an experienced Edmond truck accident attorney who understands the complex laws surrounding such cases. An attorney will be able to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and other damages and can help you create a plan to recover the fair compensation you are owed.

Taking Legal Action After a Truck Accident

Truck accidents are almost always incredibly serious. Due to their sheer weight and size, large commercial trucks can cause immense devastation when they hit other vehicles. If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, you may be suffering serious, life-altering consequences, including catastrophic injury, emotional distress, and more. You may have even lost your loved one in such an accident.

After a truck accident, it’s important to remember that you still have legal rights. An Edmond accident attorney can help you determine exactly who was liable for your accident and will work to hold those parties accountable. After obtaining the medical treatment you need, contact a personal injury firm in the area that can help. Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst offers compassionate, personalized legal guidance and uncompromising representation.

Injured in a truck accident? Lost a loved one due to truck driver negligence?
Call our firm today at (405) 241-5155 to find out how we can help you.