Most often, injured parties file lawsuit against insurance providers and/or the driver of the at-fault vehicle. When you’re injured in an accident involving a semi- or tractor-trailer truck, you might have more than just that option. Many different parties may be held liable in a tractor-trailer accident, depending on the specific circumstances.
Here’s what you should know:
For example, the truck driver may be held liable if they were negligent in operating the vehicle.
When it comes to commercial truck drivers, there is a great deal of responsibility that goes along with the job. These drivers are responsible for transporting goods safely from one location to another. They must do so while adhering to strict federal regulations. If a commercial truck driver fails to follow these regulations and an accident occurs, they may be held liable for any injuries that result.
There are many federal regulations that commercial truck drivers must follow to operate their vehicles safely. These regulations cover everything from driving hours to the type of cargo that can be transported. If a driver fails to adhere to these regulations and an accident occurs, they may be held liable for any injuries that result.
In addition to federal regulations, commercial truck drivers must also follow the rules of the road. This includes obeying speed limits, yield signs, and traffic signals. If a driver fails to do so and a tractor-trailer accident occurs, they may be held liable for any injuries that result.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
The trucking company may also be held liable if they failed to properly maintain the truck. Additionally, if they forced the driver to work long hours without rest and it led to an accident, they’re liable.
If the trucking company was negligent in hiring or training the driver they may be held liable for any accidents that occur. If the truck was not properly maintained or if the company failed to follow federal safety regulations, it may also be held liable.
In some cases, the trucking company may not be held liable at all. If another driver’s negligence caused the accident or the incident involved weather or road conditions, the trucking company may not be responsible.
In some cases, the manufacturer of the truck or its parts may be held liable. This is true if a mechanical defect caused the accident.
If the accident was caused by a defective part on the truck, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Additionally, if the truck was not designed properly and this led to the accident, the manufacturer could be held liable.
If the truck was not properly maintained and this led to the accident, the manufacturer could be held responsible. However, more than likely fault lies with the trucking company in this case.
Were You Injured in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
If you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, you must speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine liability. You may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you investigate the accident and determine who may be held liable.
For more information or to discuss your injuries from a tractor-trailer accident, contact Shugarman & Mehring at 410.783.4200 or toll-free at 888.342.7200.