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Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?


One of the main reasons why truck accident cases are often complex is because may be different parties who are liable for the crash. This is rarely the case with most car accidents, where only two parties are at fault.

You may assume that you can hold the truck driver and even the trucking company responsible for the damages and injuries you suffered. However, there may be other parties that can be held accountable.

Injured victims of commercial truck accidents can pursue a claim against the following parties:

  • Truck drivers – Commercial truckers owe a duty of care to surrounding vehicles and pedestrians on the road. When a truck driver commits a negligent act, such as driving while intoxicated or texting while driving, he or she may be held responsible for their actions if they caused an accident and injuries.
  • Trucking companies – Since businesses and corporations are held liable for the actions of their employees, trucking companies can be held responsible for the actions of their truck drivers.
  • Cargo companies – One of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloaded or improperly loaded cargo. If the cargo shifts during the trip, the truck becomes more unstable and difficult to maneuver, causing to either flip over or collide with an object.
  • Truck manufacturers – If the design of the truck itself does not meet proper safety regulations, or if there is a defective part present in the truck, the truck manufacturer can be to blame in the event of a crash caused by a defective design or part.

If you suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker, contact our New York City personal injury lawyer at Belushin Law Firm today.

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