Trucking accidents involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are much different compared to collisions between passenger vehicles. Not only do truck accidents generally lead to catastrophic and fatal injuries since commercial trucks are massive in size and weight, but these crashes may also involve multiple parties – not just the truck driver.
The parties that can be held responsible for a truck accident include:
- Truck driver – Driver error is the most common cause of truck accidents in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Truckers may violate traffic laws by speeding or drive while using their cellphone, or they may operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Furthermore, driving long hours or during the evening may increase the chances of drowsy driving.
- Trucking company – The entire trucking company could be held liable for an accident, especially if the company cuts corners around safety inspections and maintenance, improperly hires and trains truck drivers not fit for the road, and encourages its truckers to spend more time on the road than the laws state to meet deadlines faster.
- Cargo loaders and shippers – Some trucking companies are contractors to transport cargo for other corporations. If the cargo is improperly secured and boxes or other equipment falls off the truck during transit and then strikes another vehicle, then the loader may be held responsible for the accident. In addition, overloading cargo damage the truck and cause a malfunction that may ultimately lead to a collision.
- Truck part manufacturers – Sometimes the parts of the truck or the truck itself is defective. Common examples of faulty truck parts include faulty brakes, steering wheel issues, defective electrical and fuel systems, and tire blowouts
Determining liability in a truck accident can be complex and difficult, which is why it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to handle the case. At the Law Offices of William D. Thompson, we can thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with the trucking company and their insurer, and maximize your entitled compensation. Let us help you make the best possible recovery from injury.