A truck accident can be one of the most significant, damaging, and life-changing events a person can experience. If you have been the victim of such an accident, you may be unsure how to obtain financial compensation for the losses you have, including who you can sue in a truck accident case. At Venerable Injury Law, our Los Angeles truck accident lawyer works closely with you to ensure your rights are fully understood and that all responsible parties are held accountable.
How Do You Determine Who Is at Fault for a Truck Accident?
Many factors play a role in determining who is at risk for a truck accident, even if you may believe it is just the truck driver. As truck accident attorneys, we work hard to pursue a complete understanding of what occurred and why. This is the only real way to understand who is responsible beyond what the evidence at the scene may show.
Our truck accident attorneys are skilled in gathering evidence like this, thanks to our long history of helping clients through some of the most challenging of risks they face. We recognize that truck accidents are often more complex than they initially look. Without data from black boxes, medical reports from drivers, and logs of driver history, it is hard to know what really went wrong.
We dive into all of the evidence available to really understand what occurred, and with that comes our passion for providing exceptional service to our clients. When more than one person is responsible, it may be necessary to seek out compensation from more than one party. Below are some examples of who may be responsible and, therefore, those who may be sued when a truck accident occurs.
What About the Truck Driver?
This may seem like the obvious person responsible, and often, they do hold much of the responsibility after a truck accident. This person may be responsible if they were driving recklessly or if they made an error that they should have been able to avoid. Often, the truck driver may be sued in situations where they are distracted behind the wheel (such as when they are eating, texting, or on the phone) as well as if they are intoxicated (whether that is from alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications).
Can It Be the Trucking Company?
The truck company is responsible for the truck driver and the truck driver’s actions if they are employees. The trucking company holds responsibility for ensuring the driver acts within the federal laws in terms of when they can drive, how much they can drive, and other safety measures, such as the weight of the vehicle. Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring their employees have proper training to handle their trucks and any of the other assets on board the vehicle.
Can You Sue the Truck Repair Shop?
In some situations, a truck may be in an accident because of a failure of a just repaired component at a truck repair shop, and that shop could then be held responsible for the losses you incurred. This could include a failure to follow best practices, a lack of repairs, improper repairs, or other related mistakes the repair shop made. The repair shop and the mechanics working there are only responsible in situations where their lack of service directly leads to the losses you face, which is why you should talk to a truck accident lawyer at Venerable Injury Law today.
Were the Parts Manufactured Poorly?
In some situations, truck accidents are caused by defective components or designs, and in those cases, the manufacturer of the truck itself or the parts that failed could be held responsible for what occurred to you. This is likely to be a more significant case and may result in a case action lawsuit if more than one person has been in an accident like this. Having a skilled truck accident attorney could also be responsible.
How Did the Party Load the Truck?
Often, there are third parties involved in the transportation of goods across the country, and sometimes, they are responsible for how a truck is loaded. If the truck is not loaded properly, this can create an unsafe situation where the truck may be impossible to control or may topple over. In these situations, those who allowed this to occur could be held responsible for the losses you have.
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How Do We Prove Who Is at Fault for a Truck Accident?
As experienced truck accident attorneys, we work to protect our clients and their rights to compensation no matter who caused the accident. We work to gather evidence from every point possible, including police reports, videos, expert statements, and deep research into what occurred. In most situations, we can also use the cause of the truck accident as a foundation for proving fault, such as in these common causes of truck accidents:
- Distracted driving (logs of phone usage and even on-board cameras can help to show this was occurring)
- Intoxicated drivers (this can be proven from the toxicology report that may have been done at the time of the accident)
- Fatigue (we can prove that the trucking company failed to meet federal time off regulations by looking at driving logs for the company and truck driver)
- Faulty components (we can use data from multiple accidents that may have occurred to prove that there are defective components that caused these injuries
- Unsafe training or hiring practices (we can use records of the driver mistakes across a company to show they do not train their drivers properly)
These are just a few examples, and often, there are many other ways for our team to pursue data and information about the losses our clients have suffered. Even your injuries and the evidence at the scene can be used to determine what happened and who was at fault. All of this information, interpreted by our expert team, can often answer your questions, so be sure to review our verdicts and settlements.
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Schedule a Consultation with Our Truck Accident Attorney Now
At Venerable Injury Law, we are committed to working to resolve what happened to you to the best of our ability so we know who can be used in a truck accident case. Set up a free consultation with our truck accident attorney now. Let us work to understand your situation.
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