Who is Liable When You are Hurt in a Commercial Truck Crash?

If you have been injured in a commercial truck crash, you might be wondering who is liable for the accident. The circumstances surrounding the crash are important when determining liability for these truck crashes. Here are the 3 main parties that will most likely be held responsible for the injuries and damage resulting from a commercial truck crash:

  1. The truck company: The company that hired the driver will usually be involved in the personal injury lawsuit. If the truck driver was on company time at the time of the accident, the company is responsible for the damage caused by their employee.
  2. The truck driver: The driver will almost always be at least partially liable for a crash he or she caused. If the driver has violated any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, such as keeping a sleep log and conducting vehicle inspections before driving, he or she will very likely be considered negligent and will be held liable for the crash.
  3. The truck manufacturer: If a mechanical malfunction or defective part played a role in the truck crash, the truck manufacturer might be liable for the accident. These defects might include brake failure, defective tires or a defective anti-lock braking system.

In some cases, there might be other responsible parties that will be held liable for the commercial truck crash. If dangerous road conditions caused the truck’s tire to blow out, the local government might be responsible for failing to keep the roads safe. Or if another vehicle cut off the truck and caused the driver to slam the brakes or swerve out of the way, that driver would be responsible for the crash.

Determining liability in a truck crash can take some work, and it’s always best for victims of these crashes to be properly represented by an established personal injury firm that is looking out for their best interest.

“Our expert legal team is dedicated to helping victims who have suffered great losses due to commercial truck crashes. If you have questions about a potential case, don’t hesitate to give us a call today,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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