Following a truck accident, the exact cause of the incident may not be readily identifiable. For example, if a truck driver was illegally texting and driving, he likely will not admit to this because he may be disciplined or suspended by the trucking company. Additionally, if a truck rolls over because of imbalanced cargo, the driver may not even realize what exactly caused him to lose control. For this reason, accident victims should always contact an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney to help determine liability.
Several different parties may be responsible for causing truck accidents. Such parties may include the following:
- Truck driver—The majority of accidents are caused by driver error. Such errors may include violating traffic laws, distracted driving, fatigued driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, aggressive driving, overcorrecting, and more.
- Trucking company—Companies may be held liable for actions such as negligent hiring, failing to perform required drug and alcohol tests on drivers, failing to supervise or discipline drivers for violations of federal regulations, or allowing unqualified drivers to operate their trucks.
- Cargo loading company—If the cargo was loaded by an third party, and the cargo was loaded improperly, not adequately balanced or secured, or over or under-loaded, that third party may be held liable.
- Maintenance company—If a mechanic or maintenance company did not adequately inspect, maintain, or repair the truck, they may be responsible if a faulty part or other defect caused the accident.
- Truck manufacturer—If a truck had a part that was inherently defective in design or manufacture, and that defect caused the accident, the manufacturer can be held liable under the legal doctrine of products liability.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
As you can imagine, determining liability I truck accident cases can be complicated and difficult. You want to make sure you receive full compensation from all responsible parties, therefore you should always seek the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith know how to investigate your case to determine all relevant liability. Do not hesitate to call our office today at (770) 487-8999.