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Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a collision with a commercial truck, you should consider bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. It can allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages related to the accident. Here is some information about who you might be able to sue based on a few different circumstances.

Common Parties Held Liable After a Truck Accident

It is easy to assume that only truck drivers can be held liable for trucking accidents. However, that is not always the case. Other people or entities that were negligent can also be at fault.

Some potentially liable parties in a truck crash include:

  • The truck driver: Driver error is the leading cause of crashes. It includes things such as distraction, poor judgment, speeding, driving under the influence, and fatigue. Any of these factors can cause some or all liability for the accident to rest on the truck driver.
  • The trucking company: An investigation into the accident may reveal certain matters that the trucking company would like to keep hidden. These matters may include unreasonable schedules and deadlines that pushed the driver to act irresponsibly. Incomplete inspections and other safety issues can also be used to argue trucking company liability.
  • The loading company: Some trucking accidents are related to issues with the cargo. If the loader did not inspect or secure the cargo properly, then liability may fall to the loader. Items can come off the truck and hit another vehicle, or the load can shift dangerously inside the truck and lead to a tip-over, to give just a few examples.

  • Vehicle and equipment manufacturers: Faulty vehicles and auto parts can cause truck accidents. In these cases, the manufacturers of the defective products may be liable.

You must hold the right parties liable for your losses in order to maximize your financial recovery. Work with skilled trucking accident attorneys who can thoroughly and effectively investigate the details of your unique case instead of treating you like a number as some do.

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No two truck accidents are exactly alike. That is why it is so important to seek out legal advice tailored to your situation. Call 303-993-8685 today to request a free case evaluation with our experienced and compassionate trucking accident attorneys in Boulder. Jeffress Law proudly serves clients in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

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