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Who is Responsible in a Trucking Accident?

Injuries from accidents with large semi-trucks are often severe.  The safety features on a regular passenger vehicle are often not nearly as effective against heavy truck trailers that can weigh tens of thousands of pounds.  If you are seriously injured in a truck accident, you may potentially face significant medical bills for emergency services, surgeries, hospital stays, doctors’ visits, and physical therapy or rehabilitation.  In the meantime, if you are unable to work due to your injuries, you and your family will lose that financial support and may have difficulty paying bills, keeping your cars or house, and living a normal life.  Therefore, the number one question for truck accident victims is usually: Who can I hold responsible for my injuries?  The answer, unfortunately, is a complicated one.  Luckily, there are experienced trucking accident attorneys in Gwinnett County who can work with you to help answer that question and hold the right person accountable for your injuries.

There are many parties who may be liable for the accident and your resulting injuries.  Often, these parties tend to argue among themselves to point the blame in other directions and avoid liability.  This makes it even more difficult to determine what (and who) actually caused the accident.  Some of the possible responsible parties include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company who employs the driver
  • The owner of the truck and/or trailer
  • The company or person who leased the truck from the owner
  • The company or person who loaded the cargo into the truck
  • The company or person responsible for maintenance checks and repair work on the truck
  • The manufacturer of any truck parts that may have malfunctioned and caused the accident

As you may expect, all of the above parties want to avoid liability and claim the accident was someone else’s fault.  This can make truck accident lawsuits much more complicated than ordinary auto accident lawsuits.  You want to make sure you determine the true cause of the accident so you can sue the correct party, and this often requires accident recreation experts or other specialists.  For all of these reasons, it is highly important that you call a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to help you with your case. Call today at 770-487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia