Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries, and victims are often faced with an uphill
battle to recover the damages they deserve. Truck accidents are notoriously
complex compared to auto accidents. Many different parties are involved
in a commercial truck accident, but assigning liability to any of them
can be difficult. A skilled truck accident attorney can help you fight
for your rights and can make building your case easier.
In a truck accident, there often is more than one party responsible for
the victim’s injuries. These parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The company or individual who leased the truck or trailer from the owners
- The manufacturer of the truck or its components
- The shipping company or loading crew
Often, truck accidents will involve multiple insurance policies and attorneys
who are representing the various parties involved. This can be overwhelming
to deal with while you are recovering, but your lawyer can handle your
claim and managing the other parties’ requests for information.
It also is not uncommon for the different parties to try to blame each
other in order to protect themselves. Evidence is necessary to prove your
claim, and your attorney will gather the necessary records, photographs,
or witness statements to support your story.
Trucking Companies May Try to Avoid Liability
Because of the chances of being responsible for accidents involving their
trucks, it is possible that truck companies may take steps to distance
themselves from the drivers and owners of the truck involved. Companies
may lease the trucks or trailers they use from the owner/operators, and
hire drivers as independent contractors through the owner/operators. The
company may only own trucking permits, and not any of the necessary equipment.
They will provide placards to the leased trucks that bear the company’s
name and permit numbers. In the event of an accident, trucking companies
could claim that they are not responsible for the driver’s actions,
as they were not a company employee, and they were not responsible for
the vehicle, not its maintenance, as they only leased the truck.
Federal regulations have been used to put an end to this practice, and
enforce that any company owning a trucking permit must be responsible
for any accidents involving a truck displaying the company’s information
or permit numbers. This requires companies to accept their fair share
of the liability in any accidents caused by a driver working for them.
Don’t handle your trucking accident alone. Our Alexandria truck accident
attorneys are ready to help you with your claim. At
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, our team has more than 30 years of combined legal experience to draw
from as we devise a strategy to fight for your rights. We are committed
to offering our injured clients compassionate service and determined representation
in settlements and, if necessary, litigation.
Contact The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC today to begin your claim with a