Some personal injury cases are open and shut: There is one liable party, one victim, and plenty of evidence to prove liability and damages. But in the vast majority of cases, there are plenty of opportunities for a dispute to arise. This is especially true when multiple parties could be liable for damages, which often happens in truck accident cases.
These claims can be further complicated when several parties are injured, the injuries are severe, and the damages incurred are substantial. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, they often cause devastating injuries in collisions. With so much at stake, you should expect the defendant or insurance company to look for any possible reason to dispute liability or your damages.
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver, contact Heilman Law Group to discuss your situation. Our Jackson truck accident attorneys use first-rate experts, cutting-edge technology, and proven legal strategies to help our clients navigate through complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a consultation.
Who Might Be Liable for Damages After a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents occur more often than you might think. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 415,000 large truck crashes were reported in 2015 – and an estimated 83,000 people were injured in them.
There are dozens of parties who might be liable for a truck accident depending on the circumstances; however, five parties are usually involved in the everyday operation of a large commercial truck, and depending on the circumstances of the crash, you could argue that any or even several of them were negligent. These parties include:
1. The truck driver;
2. The truck’s owner;
3. The company that leases the truck from the owner;
4. The manufacturer of the truck or any of its parts; and
5. The person or company responsible for loading the truck.
Each of these parties has a duty to avoid behaviors that would increase the risk of accidents or injuries. The driver has a duty to follow all traffic laws, for example, while the truck’s owner or lessor is responsible for ensuring the truck is in good condition and legally permitted to be on the road.
A truck is also made of different parts from various manufacturers, and if a faulty part contributed to the crash, the manufacturer or another party on the chain of development or distribution might be liable for the resultant damages. If incorrect or unsafe loading was to blame for your accident, you may be able to hold the shipper or loader liable.
To prove liability in a truck accident injury case, you will need to establish that a particular party beached a duty of care, which resulted in the accident that caused your injuries. You will also have to prove the value of your damages. An attorney from Heilman Law Group will help you gather all available evidence to prove your claim.
Call 601-914-1025 to arrange a consultation today. You can learn more about truck accident injury claims at USAttorneys.com.
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