Truck driver - The trucker could be at fault for a wide range of reasons. The most
common is violating a traffic law, such as speeding, ignoring traffic
signals and signs, and even texting while driving. Furthermore, the driver
may even break criminal laws, like driving under the influence of alcohol
or drugs. In most cases, the truck driver is solely liable for a crash.
Trucking company - The company may be held liable for encouraging their truckers to make
shortcuts around safety or intentionally violate federal regulations to
meet deadlines faster. Common examples include improper hiring practices,
ignoring routine vehicle inspections and maintenance, and allowing drivers
to work more hours than federally required.
Cargo loaders - Some truck accidents are caused due to the cargo on the vehicle. If
a loader did not conduct a complete inspection and properly secure the
cargo, the loader may be held liable when loose cargo falls off and damages
another vehicle and/or causes an injury. Additionally, if the weight of
the cargo surpasses federal regulations and causes the vehicle to malfunction
(e.g., tire blowout or steering difficulties), the loader could be held
liable for the overloaded cargo.
Park or vehicle manufacturer - If an accident was caused by a defective vehicle or part, then a manufacturer
could be responsible. Common defective truck parts include tires, brakes,
steering parts, and hydraulic systems.