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Determining Liability in a Truck Accident


Truck accidents involving massive commercial vehicles are more complex than non-commercial car accidents. Because of the huge size and weight of such vehicles, these collisions often result in catastrophic and even fatal injuries, as well as extensive damages suffered by the victims and their families. In addition, it is not uncommon that multiple parties could be at fault for a commercial truck accident -- not just the truck driver.

The following are some of the common parties who may be held responsible for a truck accident:

  • 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.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident in Tampa Bay, look no further than Paulsen Law Group to protect your rights and best interests. With more than 15 years of experience, our legal team can thoroughly investigate your accident, gather supporting evidence, determine the liable parties, and maximize your entitled compensation in court.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation. Serving clients in Tampa Bay and throughout South Florida.

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