Trucking Accident Liability

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Trucking Accident Liability

When you are the victim of a trucking accident, you may have a more difficult time figuring out who is liable for the accident. While the truck driver may be partially liable, there are deeper pockets that may be reached.

Who Are the Responsible Parties?

When the truck is at fault, many different parties may be liable for the accident. This is due to the respondent-superior relationship that the parties have, making them liable for the driver’s accidents. Thus, liable parties include:

Since so many parties are involved, the parties will attempt to escape liability and force the other parties’ insurance companies to settle.

Can the Non-Driving Parties Escape Liability?

In some cases, the non-driving parties will try to escape liability by creating distance between themselves and the driver and the equipment. They may argue that the driver was not an employee of theirs and that they do not own the equipment.

Nevertheless, under new federal legislature, the government holds the trucking company and truck leasers liable even if they created a more distanced relationship between themselves and the driver. But this does not guarantee that the parties are financially liable as they can escape liability if they have a good argument.

Consulting an Attorney

If you are involved in a trucking accident, please consult a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can help you discover the chain of responsibility and help you maximize your personal injury award.

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Last Modified: 07-07-2016 10:53 AM PDT

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