Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident?
A truck accident can lead to devastating injuries for victims given the significant size and force of a large commercial truck. It is critical that the victims of truck accidents be compensated fully for their injuries. One of the most important questions that often arises after a trucking accident is what parties are liable for the damages caused by the crash. At Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of professionals are here to help victims after trucking accidents get the compensation that they deserve. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
In many truck accidents, the driver is the one at fault for the accident. If the crash occurred because of the negligent or reckless actions of the person behind the wheel they can be found personally liable for the costs of the accident. Distracted driving, driving under the influence, disregard of traffic signs, failure to signal before turning, and speeding are all reasons why the truck driver may be liable for an accident. A driver may also be liable for engaging in intentional acts that lead to an accident, such as a road rage incident or driving without the proper commercial license.
If the accident occurred because of the actions of the truck driver’s employer, the trucking company may be at fault for the crash. If a trucking company is demanding that their drivers be on the road for too many hours or place unreasonable delivery times that force their employees to speed or drive drowsy the company may be liable for any accidents. The same applies if the trucking company handles the maintenance of the vehicles and a cargo loading mishap or mechanical failure on the truck leads to an accident.
Other Liable Parties
There may be additional liable parties at fault after a trucking accident in Tennessee. If the truck were maintained by an auto repair shop or mechanic who failed in their duty to maintain the vehicle, that person or business may be liable for any accidents that result from that breach. Similarly, if a trucking accident happens because of a defect in a truck part, such as the brakes, the designer or manufacturer of that part may be held responsible for any accidents that result from the product defect. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to review the facts of your case to determine who is liable for the injuries that you sustained in an accident.
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Accidents involving large commercial trucks in Tennessee are often catastrophic for victims, which is why you need to be fully compensated by all parties responsible for the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free evaluation of your case.