Large trucks are essential for the transportation of consumer goods throughout the country. Traveling billions of miles a year, it may be no surprise that according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2020, there were 4,842 fatal accidents involving large trucks.
Injured drivers want to know who is responsible for injuries and damages when accidents occur. Since many factors contribute to accidents, knowing the cause can help determine liability.
The manufacturing of semi-trucks requires thousands of parts and processes. If any of these parts fail or blow out, manufacturers may owe damages to injured parties involved in accidents.
Several regulations limit the number of hours truckers can travel between rest periods. If drivers ignore these travel restrictions, they may become exhausted or ill. Their negligence in following the law can make them liable for accidents.
In many cases, trucking companies employ truck drivers and become responsible for the drivers’ actions. When trucking companies pressure drivers to meet demanding deadlines, skimp on inspections or ignore safety issues, they are responsible for damages resulting from collisions.
Trucks often carry loads weighing several tons. Workers loading the cargo must properly balance and secure it before travel. If loads shift or fall and cause an accident, courts may hold the loading company liable for damages.
Determining the cause of accidents involving large trucks is vital for assigning fault. Knowing that several responsible parties exist allows the injured parties to pursue all of their options when deciding who to hold liable.