Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyers: Who Can be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident?October 1, 2014
When determining liability in a traffic crash, trucking accidents are generally more complex than typical car accidents. This is because there are often more individuals and entities involved in a trucking accident — and there may be a number of different factors that led to the crash.
The trucking industry is strictly regulated by federal laws, which establish specific standards for truck companies, owners and drivers. These laws also help determine who is responsible for a trucking accident. Many parties may be held responsible for trucking accidents, rendering claims and litigation particularly complicated.
Consider how the following parties may be found liable for their roles in a truck crash:
- Truck driver — Truck drivers have the same legal responsibilities as other drivers. If a truck driver violates these responsibilities, he or she may be held accountable for any resulting damages.
- Truck or trailer owner — A trucking company may be liable if the court determines that it put unrealistic expectations on the driver with an overloaded schedule or truck.
- Truck manufacturer — Malfunctioning vehicles and parts can also contribute to trucking accidents. If a truck component was defective because it was poorly designed, wrongly produced or failed to include proper instructions or warnings, the manufacturer could be held responsible.
- Loader or shipper of the truck’s cargo — Overloaded, unbalanced or otherwise improperly loaded cargo can also cause an accident. If this is the case, the company that loaded the cargo can be held liable for the crash.
While trucking accident liability may seem difficult to pinpoint, an experienced lawyer can help victims identify the parties responsible and fight for rightful compensation. Consult one of our Maryland trucking accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or online for valuable legal support.