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Who could be liable in the event of a commercial truck accident?

Commercial truck accidents can be severe and devastating. These vehicles can often be very large, with potentially hazardous loads. If one crashes, not only does it cover a wide area, it can also do a lot of damage, simply as a result of its weight and the difficulty of maneuvering it if it runs into trouble. However, as is the case in any accident, if you are involved in a truck crash, the cause of that crash will need to be determined. This can affect the legal repercussions of the accident as well as your eligibility for compensation.

Commercial truck crashes can arise as a result of a number of factors, including driver fatigue or carelessness, a badly secured load or even a poorly maintained truck. If the truck driver was at fault during your accident, he or she may be liable. However, according to FindLaw, there are several other aspects of the crash that are worth taking into consideration.

  • If injuries or illness are caused by the truck's cargo, the shipper may be liable. The degree of liability could be affected based on whether the shipper informed the trucking company or the driver of the cargo's hazardous nature.
  • The trucking company's liability depends on whether the truck driver was an employee of the company or working as an independent contractor. In the latter case, the level of supervision exercised by the trucking company must be taken into consideration.
  • If you bear partial responsibility for an accident, you may still be able to recover some of the damages. This depends on the extent to which you were at fault and your state's legislation.

Establishing whether you have a valid claim may not be the easiest thing to do at a glance. Nevertheless, an attorney may be able to answer your questions and support you if you choose to take legal action.

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