If you or loved one is the victim of a trucking accident, the questions of who is responsible and was the caused of the accident can be very complicated. There are usually many people involved, from the driver to the owner of the truck, and getting information about what went wrong often requires some industry know-how.
Understanding the common reasons for trucking accidents, and the relationships among the drivers and vehicles involved, will help you determine whether you have a valid claim and how to present your case.
Truck Accident Statistics
Over the past two decades, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%. According to the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2002, 4,897 individuals died and 130,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck. And even though large trucks are only responsible for 3% of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents typically cause much greater harm than ordinary traffic accidents due to the large size and heavy weight of the trucks.
Who Is Responsible?
When it comes to truck accidents, there are a few different people whom may be responsible for a victim’s injuries, including:
the truck’s driver
the owner of the truck or trailer
the person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
the manufacturer of the vehicle, or manufacturer of the vehicle parts, that may have contributed to the cause of the accident
the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo
The trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often argue among themselves over whose insurance will compensate the victim. For example, the truck company might claim that the accident was caused by defective tires. In turn, the tire company might then point the finger at the leasing company, claiming that the tires were not properly inspected or replaced with a certain mileage count.
With the confusion of proving who or what was at fault for the cause of the truck accident. You may want to get advice or representation from a trucking accident lawyer.
If you were injured, or a loved one was injured or lost their life, in a truck accident, contact us at Glaser and Ebbs Attorneys at Law.We are here to help your defense and to help you fight for your full compensation and recovery. Don’t wait, timing is critical.