Who may be financially responsible for a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Truck accidents are surprisingly common in Georgia and across the U.S. In fact, in 2018 alone, there were nearly 500,000 motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks. With the size and weight difference between semi trucks and passenger vehicles, trucking accidents are often catastrophic.

To help you pay for medical care, lost wages, rehabilitation and other accident-related expenses, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the responsible party or parties.

Truck drivers

Because they are behind the wheel when accidents occur, truck drivers often have some legal responsibility for the accidents and injuries they cause. If the trucker drives unreasonably or otherwise causes or contributes to the crash, pursuing a financial settlement from the driver’s insurer probably makes sense.

Commercial trucking companies

Even though they may be in office buildings far from the accident scene, trucking companies often bear some responsibility for trucking accidents. After all, trucking companies provide training, establish driver rules, maintain trucks and perform other functions that may inadvertently contribute to trucking accidents.

Third parties

Depending on the cause of the crash, one or more third parties may also be responsible. If a malfunction caused the crash, for example, the truck’s manufacturer, a mechanic or a parts supplier may be at fault. Other drivers on the road may also be partly or mostly to blame for the accident.

Basic fairness dictates you should not have to pay for the consequences of someone else’s improper actions. Ultimately, by carefully considering the parties that may have caused or contributed to the crash that injured you, you can decide which ones to take legal action against.

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