Liability in Commercial Truck Accidents

Commercial truck accidents can be terrifying events with devastating results. Afterward, victims are often left dealing with severe injuries and extensive financial losses for medical treatment, lost income, and more. It is only natural to want to know whether you can hold anyone accountable for your injuries.

As with any personal injury case, your rights and options depend on what – or who – caused the accident to occur. In some situations, determining liability can be a complex task that requires investigation and the gathering of evidence. The following are some examples of who may be held liable for your truck accident injuries.

  • Truck driver – According to a study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the majority of truck accidents happen because the driver made an error. Truck drivers can be negligent in many different ways, including by driving while distracted or fatigued, drunk driving, violating traffic laws or FMCSA regulations, and many more. Drivers can be held accountable for their own negligent acts.
  • Trucking company – If a company employs a driver who was negligent, you can often hold the employer liable for the actions of the driver. In addition, management may act negligently on its own by hiring potentially dangerous drivers, failing to supervise drivers, allowing unqualified people to operate commercial trucks, violating FMCSA regulations, and other acts.
  • Third party – In some cases, the negligence that caused your truck accident will not stem from either the truck driver or company but instead another third party. Such parties may include maintenance and repair crews, independent contractors who load cargo, the manufacturer of the truck, or even the government if the crash happened because of dangerous road conditions.

When you discuss your case with our Florida truck accident attorneys, we will help you determine any and all parties who can be held liable for your losses.

Call a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation Today

Commercial truck accident cases can be complicated, but the personal injury law firm of Berkowitz & Myer has the experience and skill to protect your rights as an accident victim. Call our office at 727-344-0123 to discuss your situation today.

1https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/research-and-analysis/research/large-truck-crash-causation-study

2https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations

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