Truck accidents are one of the most serious types of accident a person can become involved in. With big rigs that weight upwards of 80,000 pounds, and as long as 70 feet, these trucks are not something you want to be involved in a crash with. Yet big rig accidents do happen every day in the United States. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we know these accidents can change lives and we believe that the victims or their families should receive compensation for the damages they have suffered.
Many people believe that there are two potential parties who can be at fault for a truck accident: The person driving the truck or the person driving the car. This is false – there are actually a number of other parties who can be held responsible. Learn more by reading on and then contact us at 800-333-0000 if you would like to request a free legal consultation.
- The Truck Driver May Be Responsible
- The Truck Driver’s Company May Be at Fault
- The Truck Owner May Be at Fault
Of course, it is entirely possible that the truck driver will be the person who is at fault. This could be because they did not follow the laws of the road, because they were speeding, due to driving while intoxicated, or driving while distracted. In many cases, truck drivers cause accidents by not following regulations regarding how often they must rest and take time off. Remember that tired driving has been found to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
There are a number of ways that the truck driver’s employer could actually be at fault. If they had cargo loaded unsafely, and that contributed to or caused the accident, they could be at fault. If they made the truck driver work more hours than they were legally allowed to, then they could be at fault. If the trucking company hired a driver with a history of negligent driving behavior, then the company could be held responsible.
The owner of the truck may be neither the driver nor the company that hired the driver. If the truck belonged to a third party, then that party is responsible for regular maintenance as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If the truck was not up to these standards, or there were other serious maintenance issues, the truck owner could be found at fault for the accident.
We Will Get to the Bottom of Your Accident
The good news is that you do not need to know who was at fault – all you have to do is work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We will carefully investigate your accident and consider all potentially liable parties. We can then move forward with confident that we have found the truth. Call us now to begin the process.