Who Can You Sue After a Truck Accident?
Personal Injury Lawyer
After being involved in a truck accident, you might wonder where to turn for compensation. Perhaps you were the driver of the truck, but you feel like the accident wasn’t your fault. Maybe you were driving a sedan that collided with a truck, and you feel there is compensation in more than one area. There are as many scenarios as there are truck accidents, but what remains the same is you are probably entitled to compensation from somewhere. Who can you sue?
The Driver of the Truck
If the driver of the truck was distracted, fell asleep or was negligent in some other way, you may be able to sue him or her. Your lawyer can help you uncover evidence that shows the driver was truly at fault. Maybe his or her cell phone records can be looked at to see if the driver was distracted by a phone call or text. Maybe there’s a camera in the cab that can show what the driver was doing. Maybe his or her logs will show not enough breaks were taken, which caused the driver to fall asleep.
The Truck Manufacturer
Was a faulty part to blame for your accident? As the driver of a big rig, you trust truck manufacturers to correctly assemble every last part of your truck. As another driver on the road, you assume the truck has passed safety inspections and is going to perform correctly. If the manufacturer failed to do a proper job, you could be able to file a lawsuit against that entity.
The Trucking Company
Many truck drivers drive for a specific trucking company. Sometimes those companies only haul one type of cargo, and sometimes those companies have contracts with a variety of other businesses. In any case, the trucking company might have skipped on maintenance or repairs. Maybe someone in charge of checking the driver’s record didn’t do his or her job. Perhaps something concerning safety protocols didn’t take place.
A Third Party
Sometimes a trucking accident isn’t the fault of the truck driver or anyone related to the truck or the trucking company. Sometimes there’s a third party involved. This could be another driver who cut the truck driver off. It could be a government entity that was responsible for road repairs. It could be someone who threw something off an overpass. Your lawyer can help you track down the individuals responsible for the crash.
Getting a Lawyer Involved
When you’re in an accident with a big truck, whether as the truck driver or another victim, you need the help of an attorney to seek compensation. Contact a truck accident lawyer, like from MartinWren, P.C., today to get him or her involved in your case as soon as possible.
Posted on October 3, 2020 @ 7:45 am