Truck accident cases are well-known to be more complicated than car accident claims. Thus, if you have one, you should be prepared for a somewhat different process:
Here is how your case may be more complicated:
Multiple parties may be liable
Several parties are involved in the operation of a truck. These include the driver, trucking company, the owner (if the trucking company leases trucks), cargo loaders and the manufacturer/designer.
If the driver was negligent, perhaps they violated a traffic law or a truck driving regulation, they may be held liable. But if their trucking company has unreliable systems or fails to properly inspect the truck, leading to an accident, it may share responsibility for your injuries.
If a company leases trucks, and the owner is responsible for maintenance, they may be liable if an accident occurs due to poor maintenance.
Additionally, cargo loaders can be answerable for an accident caused by improper loading or securing. If a manufacturing/designing defect causes an accident, the manufacturer/designer may be liable.
More serious injuries
Due to the size and weight of a truck, an accident can result in severe injuries, including long-term disabilities, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries. Accordingly, truck accident claims typically involve high compensation, which the liable party may do their best to avoid paying or at least reduce.
Bringing a claim against one party can be complicated enough and bringing claims against multiple parties will be even more so. Learning more about your options and having help to make these claims will be crucial to getting the compensation you deserve.