Who Is Liable in a Trucking Accident?

Approximately 4,000 people are killed every year in trucking accidents in the United States. Several thousands more are injured in these accidents. Because commercial trucks are much larger, bulkier and heavier than smaller cars, the occupants of the smaller passenger vehicle may be at a high risk of being injured or killed in a collision involving a tractor-trailer. If you were injured in a trucking accident, speak to a Denver truck accident lawyer to file a claim.

It’s important to identify all of the parties that are liable in your claim. There may be more than one party. This is one aspect in which trucking accident claims differ very significantly from accident claims. It is fairly common to have an auto accident claim that only names one single party for negligence. However, in a trucking accident claim, you could name several parties, including the truck driver operating the truck at the time of the accident, and the trucking company that owned or operated the truck.

Besides, there are other parties that may be liable in a trucking accident. These include the cargo company that was responsible for loading the car on the track. Improper loading can cause a balance shift or load shift when the truck is in operation, causing a possibly serious accident. Besides, companies that were responsible for the repair and maintenance of the truck may also be liable in a claim if investigations can prove that the accident was caused because of defective or malfunctioning parts.

It’s critical to identify all of the liable parties in your claim. Talk to a Denver trucking accident lawyer before filing a claim to recover damages.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.