Who can be held responsible for truck accidents?

by Staff Blogger | June 6th, 2018

Unlike car accidents where individual drivers are often the sole parties at fault, truck accidents can have multiple parties that could be considered responsible for causing crashes.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville truck accident lawyers work hard to help victims get the money they deserve after crashes that weren’t their fault—and that involves finding out who was responsible for the crash in the first place.

There are four parties that are commonly liable for truck accidents, including:

  • Truck drivers—Not only do truck drivers have to follow all of the everyday rules of the road, such as obeying the speed limit, but they also have to follow strict industry guidelines concerning how long they’re allowed to work without a break or a rest period.
  • Truck owners—While truck drivers or companies often own semi-trucks, they’re sometimes leased from other parties. Regardless of who owns a big truck, that party is responsible for making sure it’s well-maintained and safe to drive.
  • Truck companies—Companies that use trucks to conduct their business always want to maximize their profits, but they must do it safely. That means never overloading trucks or loading them in hazardous manners.
  • Other motorists—When truck drivers get cut off or are forced to engage in evasive maneuvers to avoid collisions, serious accidents can occur. Some truck accidents are caused by other negligent drivers, including those traveling in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs.

The legal complexity of truck accidents makes having an experienced legal team on your side extremely beneficial. Find out how we can help your family by calling today for a free consultation.