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Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?

Truck accidents are often very severe in nature. Depending on the situation and what caused the accident, there may be more than one party to blame. Keep reading to learn about the various parties that may be involved in finding liability for a truck accident.

It’s Not Always the Driver’s Fault

There are many factors at play when it comes to truck accidents, so finding liability isn’t always cut and dry. Depending on the circumstances, more than one party may be found responsible for the wreck.

Truck Driver

The truck driver may be held responsible for the accident for any of the following reasons:

  • The driver breaks the law
  • There’s an operational issue with the truck
  • The driver becomes distracted
  • The driver is intoxicated
  • The driver is too tired behind the wheel

The truck driver is most likely to be held solely liable for the accident, but that’s not always the case.

Trucking Company

It can be very challenging to prove that a trucking company is responsible for an accident without retaining skilled legal representation. Some of the reasons a trucking company may be held liable for an accident are as follows:

  • An incomplete inspection
  • The company cut corners around safety
  • The company has unrealistic expectations of drivers that push them further than what is safe in order to meet deadlines

Oftentimes, trucking companies and manufacturers share responsibility in an accident that occurs as a result of faulty equipment or cutting corners in order to amplify speed. It’s best to retain an expert witness and a lawyer to help expose these issues.

Owner of the Truck

The owner of the truck can be responsible for an accident if they don’t uphold the following responsibilities:

  • Vehicle inspections
  • Engine inspections
  • Tire upkeep
  • Internal workings maintenance
  • Brakes inspections
  • Fluids inspections
  • Electronic system maintenance

The federal government mandates vehicle inspections, so if they’re not completed properly, the truck owner may be responsible.

Cargo Loaders or Manufacturer

The loaders or manufacturer may be held responsible for an accident if it’s a result of any of the following:

  • Failure to fully inspect and properly secure the cargo
  • If a defect causes the collision
  • If the parts batch malfunctions leading to:
    • A tire blowout
    • Mechanical failure
    • Faulty brakes

The cargo loaders or manufacturers are most likely to be held responsible if the wreck is caused due to falling cargo or defective parts.

We’re Here to Help

If you’ve been injured as a result of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team here at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC is highly skilled in the area of truck accident personal injury law and has helped many others just like you obtain justice. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t wait—contact our office with your case right away.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.


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