Who Can Be Held Liable for Big Truck Accidents?

by NPHM | April 24th, 2019

Determining who is responsible for passenger vehicle accidents is often a matter of determining which drivers were negligent in the moments leading up to the crashes. But truck accidents are often much more complex due to the number of parties that may be involved.

At Nurenberg Paris, our Ohio truck accident attorneys fight to get victims maximum compensation after semi-truck accidents. That requires identifying and proving which parties contributed to crashes by determining who violated traffic laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.

Potentially liable parties can include:

  • Truck drivers—In addition to following the rules of the road, truck drivers also must abide by restrictions for things like rest schedules and hours worked in specific time periods. However, truck drivers may violate those restrictions to finish their jobs faster, putting others at risk.
  • Truck companies—The companies that use trucks to transport goods are responsible for making sure they’re loaded evenly and safely. When they overload trucks or load them in a dangerous manner to save time and money, accidents can occur.
  • Truck owners—The people who own trucks aren’t always the ones who drive or use them. However, they’re still required to maintain them to keep them safe to drive. When they don’t stick to a recommended maintenance schedule, components may fail and drivers may lose control.
  • Other drivers—Most truck drivers are well trained and safety oriented. But because of the size and weight of big trucks, it can be difficult for them to slow down or avoid crashes when other drivers are negligent.

Were You Hurt in a Truck Accident? We Want to Speak with You.

Getting compensation for a truck accident on your own can be difficult due to the number of potentially liable parties. They may pass the blame off on each other, and their insurance providers also may be reluctant to take your claim seriously.

Our  Ohio truck accident attorneys have a long track record of building successful truck accident claims for victims like you, and we know what it takes to win. Contact us today for a free consultation.