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Who is liable for a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2019 | Truck Accidents |

One question that may be at the forefront of victims’ minds following a truck accident is who is liable for the accident and the damages they have suffered. This is an important question for victims following a truck accident.

Victims may have many questions after their accident, but one common question may be who is liable for the injuries, damages and harm they have suffered. The answer depends on whether another person acted negligently. A personal injury claim brought against the negligent party may be able to help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.

When a truck driver has been negligent, such as by driving while distracted, drowsy or too fast for the weather or road conditions, they may be liable to provide compensation to the victim. A trucking company that is negligent by failing to properly maintain the truck or encouraging or requiring truck drivers to falsify trucking logs and drive without required rest or sleep breaks may also be liable to the victim for the harm they have suffered. The liability of both may also depend on the relationship between the truck driver and trucking company and if the truck driver is employed by the trucking company.

Truck accidents can cause extensive and devastating harm and damages for victims and their families, which is why it is important to discover what parties may be held liable and what legal protections are available to victims. It is important for truck accident victims to understand these legal resources and how they work to protect them.