Large commercial trucks are significantly larger and weigh astronomically more than a typical passenger vehicle. Research proves that commercial trucks involved in accidents are 10 times more likely to result in someone’s death than two passenger vehicles colliding Large commercial trucks are regulated through a federal organization known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, many trucking companies and truck drivers fail to follow legal guidance leading to accidents, catastrophic injuries and deaths.
Differences in Injuries
Unfortunately, truck accidents typically cause greater physical harm on average than accidents between passenger vehicles. Some of the most common types of injuries suffered in trucking accidents include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns and wrongful death. Trucks often harry hazardous materials that can cause fires and burns. The impact between a passenger vehicle and a large commercial truck can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, concussions or death.
Determination of Liability
Truck accidents are also different than passenger vehicle accidents due because oftentimes, several different persons or entities that may be responsible and liable for the truck accident. You may be able to file a claim against one, or all, of the following parties after a truck accident.
- Driver. If the driver of the truck was negligent in any way, you may be able to file a claim directly against him or her, or their insurance company.
- Trucking Company. A trucking company has the obligation to hire safe drivers. If their driver was operating a truck in an unsafe way, or if the trucking company had reason to believe that their driver would operate a truck in an unsafe way, you may be able to file a claim against the trucking company as well as the driver.
- Company Responsible for Loading the Truck. In some cases, the driver and the trucking company are not responsible for the loading of the truck. If an investigation determines that the truck’s cargo was loaded incorrectly, or in an unsafe way, whoever is determined to be responsible for loading the truck may be held liable for any damages or injuries suffered by victims.
- Manufacturer. If an investigation determines that any manufactured part or component of a commercial truck either led directly to an accident, or caused a more severe accident to occur, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of that trucking part or component.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you were involved in a trucking accident, you may be facing medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may feel overwhelmed and confused as to who to hold responsible and liable for your injuries. Contact the personal injury lawyers with Easton & Easton at 800-461-8259 or online today to discuss how our legal team can help you determine which parties to file a claim against and help you with your next steps.