Is the Truck Driver or Trucking Company Responsible in a Truck Accident?
A truck driver and trucking company can both be responsible for your truck accident. Every truck accident happens through unique circumstances, and we will determine who is legally accountable for your damages.
A trucking company can be held liable for the actions of its employees. This means that a trucking company could also be responsible for the trucker who caused your collision. We will review your specific case and inform you of who is liable for your losses.
Truck Drivers May Not Be the Only Parties Liable for Your Truck Accident
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) explains several regulations that trucking companies must abide by. If the trucking company violated driver hours of service regulations or any other duty of care, then they could have been negligent in causing your accident. Some of the possible failures by a trucking company that could have contributed to your truck crash are:
- Hiring drivers who lack sufficient experience or training
- Failing to monitor drivers’ on-the-job driving habits
- Failing to drug test drivers
- Failing to monitor drivers for alcohol use
- Failing to service company-owned or leased vehicles regularly
A trucking company could also have failed to train its drivers for driving and safety practices. Any action or shortcoming by a trucking company contributing to your collision could entitle you to seek compensation from that company.
Trucking Companies Can Be Liable for Their Driver’s Accidents
Some truck accidents can be solely the fault of a driver. The driver who caused your accident may have:
- Been speeding
- Been driving too closely behind your vehicle
- Been under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both
- Made an illegal turn
- Ran a stop sign or red light
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that drivers are the most likely cause of any given accident. We will determine whether the truck driver or trucking company is responsible for your truck accident. They could both be liable for your accident-related losses.
We Will Seek Compensation for All of Your Losses
As injury lawyers, we have a goal of securing compensation for our clients. We will seek compensation in one of two ways:
- A lawsuit, or
- An insurance claim
You may be entitled to different forms of coverage based on which course we pursue. In the case of an insurance claim, you may be eligible to seek compensation for:
- The cost of your medical care
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
Insurance policies differ, and we will review the relevant policies to see if you are eligible for any additional losses.
We Consider Both Current and Future Expenses
If we pursue a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, then we can also seek coverage for your medical costs and property damage. You may also be eligible to collect compensation for:
- Your past and future pain and suffering
- The cost of rehabilitation for your personal injuries
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- The cost of medication for your accident injuries
We will speak with you about your struggles after a trucking accident. We might discover that you have additional losses for which you could pursue compensation.
If your loved one passed away because of a truck crash, then you may be entitled to coverage for your losses. Funeral costs, the cost of lost income, and pain and suffering are just a few of the losses resulting from a wrongful death.
We Will Aid You in Your Recovery
Victims of truck collisions can suffer serious injuries. You or a loved one could be facing the reality of being severely injured, or you may be working through the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. We will aim to help in your recovery.
After your accident, we will help you arrange the medical care that you need. Having a truck accident attorney handle your legal case could also free you from the potential stress of a lawsuit or insurance claim. While you recover from your physical or psychological trauma, we will work to:
- Collect the evidence needed to argue your case
- Consult your doctors and document your injuries
- Gather witness accounts of your collision
- Calculate and itemize your damages
- File your lawsuit or insurance claim, as well as any other paperwork related to your truck accident claim
- Negotiate a financial settlement
Insurance provided by a truck driving or trucking company could cover your losses. We will negotiate with the insurance companies or with lawyers for the driver or trucking company.
Contact an Attorney for More Information on Determining the Liable Parties for Your Truck Accident
Whatever path your case follows, we will fight for the compensation you or your loved one deserves. Call our lawyers today at (702) 707-5934 for your free consultation. We will determine whether a trucking company, truck driver, or other parties owe you compensation.