Truck accidents can cause a variety of damages to victims and, depending on the circumstances, different parties may be liable to victims for the injuries and harm they have suffered. In some circumstances, the truck driver may have been negligent, and caused the accident, or in other circumstances, the truck driver’s employer may have been negligent. In other circumstances, both may be liable to the victim but the liability of a truck company, for instance, may depend on legal guidelines. It can be helpful to be familiar with these guidelines when injured or otherwise harmed in a truck accident.
Truck companies can be negligent by not properly maintaining trucks so that their vehicles present a danger and are unsafe on the roadway. A truck company may also be negligent by overloading trucks to meet deadlines and placing the public sharing the roadways at risk. In other circumstances, a truck company may be negligent by sending a poorly trained or untrained driver onto the roadways or a driver that is fatigued because of more hours driven than is permitted by law. In some instances, driving logs can be improperly filled out or even falsified.
When truck companies have engaged in negligent practices that have harmed victims, they may be responsible to compensate victims for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Likewise, if trucking company negligence has resulted in the death of a loved one, a negligent truck company may be responsible to surviving family members for wrongful death damages.
Complicated insurance issues can sometimes arise and the liability of a truck company can depend on the relationship between the truck company and truck driver. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the complexities a truck accident may present. It is also important to keep in mind, however, that the legal process provides remedies and recourse to victims of truck accidents and their families to ensure they are properly protected and compensated for the harm suffered in a truck accident.