Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?

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Who can be held liable for a trucking collision? This is a common question that we get asked as attorneys all the time.

Really, the number one cause of a trucking collision typically is the driver. Therefore, the first defendant is usually the trucking company itself. The trucking company usually is the employer or the supervisor. They have control of the driver and what he is doing. Therefore, it’s the trucking company that is going to be typically the entity that is liable for the collision.

There can be other companies also that can be liable for trucking collisions. For example, if there’s an outside company who has done maintenance on the truck and has improperly adjusted brakes or done something else related to the truck that contributed to the collision. That company can also be held liable.

There may be issues with the weight of the truck, whether it was loaded properly. For example, in a dump truck situation that has been to a quarry to get loaded, if that quarry overloaded the dump truck, then there can be issues that lead to liability to the quarry that loaded the truck.

Depending on the situation, there can be multiple entities that can actually be responsible for causing a truck collision and can be liable.

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