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Determining Liability in Truck Accidents

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Determining Liability in Truck Accidents

Unlike car accidents, which often the fault of another driver, road conditions, or vehicle malfunction, collisions involving massive commercial trucks may have a variety of other contributing factors that are different. To establish liability and recover compensation in a truck accident, you must identify every potential party or business entity involved in the crash.

The potential defendants in a truck accident case may include the following:

  1. Truck driver – Commercial truckers are responsible for adhering to the same driving laws as all other motorists. In addition, they must also follow the standards established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), such as hours of service rules, constant vehicle inspections, and proper weight limits.
  2. Trucking company – These powerful entities must ensure that their truckers are qualified and have the proper license for the job. Employers are not allowed to encourage or force drivers to break the FMCSA regulations.
  3. Truck or equipment manufacturer/repair shop – Trucks are equipped with parts and technology which are not found in regular motor vehicles, all of which are important to the safe operation of the truck. If equipment fails due to a manufacturer’s defect, or parts were repaired incorrectly, the manufacturer of the part or the repair shop may be held liable for an accident and injuries.
  4. Freight company – The shipper may be held responsible for a truck accident involving overloaded or improperly loaded cargo.

At Anthony Urban Law Offices, P.C., we are committed to making sure all parties responsible for a truck accident are held liable for their negligence and carelessness. With more than five decades of combined legal experience, our Schuylkill County personal injury attorneys possess an in-depth knowledge of Pennsylvania and federal trucking regulations to guide you through the intricacies of these types of cases. Let us help you recover the most favorable compensation possible.

Contact us and request a free consultation today.