The 4 Parties That Can Be Held Liable for Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | March 26th, 2020

When it comes to personal injury claims, especially those involving vehicles, truck accident claims can be put into a category of their own. That’s because there are no passenger vehicles on Virginia’s roadways that rival the size and weight of big trucks. Fully-loaded tractor-trailers can be 60-plus feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Physics dictates that when they’re involved in crashes with cars, trucks, and SUVs, the occupants of those vehicles are highly likely to suffer serious injuries.

In addition to the serious injuries and subsequent damages that victims can claim, there’s also the aspect of liability. Unlike passenger vehicle crashes, where liability typically falls on a single person, the blame for a truck accident may fall on one of four parties, or in some cases, two or more of those parties. The parties that are typically found liable for at least some or all of truck accidents include:

  1. Truck drivers—In addition to following traffic laws, truck drivers are also required to follow truck industry guidelines, which cover everything from licensing and training to hours of service and rest periods.
  2. Truck companies—Companies that utilize trucks to deliver goods must ensure they’re loaded properly. If trucks are loaded in violation of industry standards, they can become dangerous and difficult to control.
  3. Truck owners—Whether they’re owned by drivers, companies, or third parties, trucks must remain in drivable condition. When they aren’t maintained, trucks are liable to break down and pose threats to their drivers and other motorists.
  4. Other drivers—Not all truck accidents are caused by parties associated with the trucks themselves. Negligent drivers can crash into trucks or cause truck drivers to swerve to avoid collisions, resulting in secondary crashes.

Because multiple parties may be held liable, it’s essential to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side right away after a truck crash. That’s what Skolrood Law Firm brings to the table. Contact us today for a free consultation.