If you’re involved in an accident with a large truck, you might wonder what recourse you have to recover your losses. Getting into an accident with a truck is not the same as getting into an accident with a passenger vehicle. Read on to learn how you can protect your rights against trucking companies.
Truck Accident Cases
If you get into an accident with a truck, you’ll want to know who is responsible for compensating you for your damages. Depending on how the accident occurred, the truck driver may be liable, or the trucking company itself may be held responsible. Let’s say you’re involved in an accident with a semi due to a vehicle defect on the truck. If the manufacturer of the vehicle created the defect, they would be held liable for the accident.
Now, let’s say you get into an accident with a truck due to a vehicle defect, but this time, the defect is due to the trucking agency cutting corners while conducting inspections. In this instance and similar circumstances, the trucking company will be responsible for compensating you. It’s common for trucking companies to use third parties for some of their services, so it’s always possible that the liability could be placed on a third-party company that conducted work on the truck.
Finally, the last party that could potentially be held accountable for your accident is the truck driver. The driver is held responsible if he or she breaks the law, has an operational issue with the truck, is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or gets distracted.
When The Trucking Company Is At Fault
It will be difficult to prove that the trucking company is at fault for your accident without the help of a skilled attorney. Your attorney will need to pull records from the agency and any third parties the agency uses to prove that they should be held liable for your injuries.
The trucking company may be held liable for your accident for the following reasons:
- Incomplete vehicle inspection by the company
- The company cuts corners around safety
- The company sets unrealistic expectations that encourage the driver to push themselves harder than they should to meet company deadlines
It’s common for trucking companies and manufacturers to share liability in accidents that are caused by faulty equipment and cutting corners to save time.
Experienced San Francisco Truck Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been involved in an accident of any kind, we’re here to help. Our attorneys at Scarlett Law Group have helped countless other accident victims, and we can help you, too. Trucking accidents are more complicated than typical car accidents because it is more challenging to deal with trucking companies. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Contact our San Francisco accident lawyers today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a free consultation!