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Commercial Truck Accidents: Who Is Responsible?

When it comes to commercial truck accidents, victims often sustain serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and missed time from work. Thus, filing a lawsuit to pursue financial compensation and justice from those responsible is important to make the best recovery possible from injury.

However, who is liable for a commercial truck crash? There are possibly several parties.

The trucking industry is a highly regulated field. Multiple parties, such as trucking companies and truck drivers, are held to many strict standards. When any one of these parties fails to adhere to any of these standards, people’s lives are in danger.

The following are the potential parties who can be held accountable in a commercial truck accident:

  • Truck driver – Depending on the facts of your case, you may only be able to recover monetary damages from the individual trucker—not from the trucking company. For instance, if the truck driver takes deliberate actions, such as colliding with another vehicle out of rage, he or she may personally be liable for the crash. Another common example is when the driver does something out of the scope of his or her employment.
  • Trucking company – Trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their employees and for the vehicles they operate. They must keep their fleet of trucks adequately maintained, conducting routine inspections, repairs, and maintenance. So if a crash occurs due to the truck malfunctioning, the trucking company will be liable if the proper maintenance would have prevented the incident. Additionally, if a trucking company hires a driver who does not have a commercial driver’s license or who lacks the proper training, it can be held liable for any accidents that driver causes.
  • Auto part manufacturers – In some cases, an accident may be caused by a defective auto part, commonly faulty airbags, brake defects, or defective tires. When a defective auto part is the main culprit, victims may be able to recover compensation from the auto part manufacturer, distributor, or another party that made a defective part available to consumers.
  • Cargo companies – One of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloaded or improperly loaded trucks. The entity that loaded cargo into the truck can be held responsible for these accidents.

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Texas, request a free consultation with our San Antonio personal injury attorney at Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C. today. With more than 30 years of experience, we have an exceptional track record of success to help you recover the compensation you deserve.