If you were seriously injured in a large truck crash, you may be able to recover compensation for the resulting damages. Before you can pursue a claim, however, you must identify all those who played a role in the wreck.
When it comes to truck accidents, there are a number of parties that could be responsible. If you intend to bring a third-party insurance claim, you will have to prove liability to recover compensation. Let’s take a look at some of the most likely defendants here:
1. The Trucker (or the Motor Carrier That Employed Him or Her)
If the trucker was ultimately to blame for the collision, he or she is likely liable for the damages. Should this be the case, you may file a third-party claim with the trucker’s insurer or with his or her employer’s insurer.
2. The Fleet’s Maintenance Contractor
If the wreck was caused by some kind of mechanical malfunction, the motor carrier’s maintenance contractor may be to blame. In order to win your case, however, you will have to demonstrate how the mechanic was negligent.
3. The Vehicle or Parts Manufacturer
When a weak tire, faulty brake, or some other defective part is to blame for a truck accident, the vehicle or parts manufacturer may be responsible. Claims against manufacturers fall under product liability, which is a subset of personal injury law.
4. The Cargo Loading Company
Cargo loading companies are responsible for securing freight so it doesn’t shift en route. Fully loaded big rigs are under so much stress that even a minor shift in weight can cause a devastating rollover wreck. If your attorney’s investigation reveals that unsecured cargo contributed to the crash, you may have grounds for a claim against the loading company.
5. Another Motorist
Motorists need to exercise caution when driving near 18-wheelers in traffic. If they fail to do so and a collision results, they could be deemed liable for all the associated damages.
6. A Government Agency
Both state and city agencies are responsible for maintaining the thruways on which trucks travel. If they fail to design streets that can accommodate big rigs safely—or to maintain them adequately afterward—they could be financially liable for any accidents that occur as a result. If you think you have grounds for a claim against a government entity, it’s important to act fast because you must allow for a 180-day investigation before you can proceed with a formal lawsuit.
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If you were seriously hurt in a large truck crash, turn to Lubell Rosen, LLC to determine the most strategic way to proceed. Our resourceful attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to gather the evidence needed to prove liability and damages against all responsible parties. Call (954) 880-9500 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer.