You’ve probably seen dozens of movies with a scene like this: the hero clings to the back of a semi, pulling the gate open as it races down the highway and covering the bad guy’s car in heads of lettuce. The hero climbs into the cab with his buddy and speeds away to safety, but have you ever wondered what happens to all the drivers who have to come to a crashing halt behind him? Or about who they’re going to take to court to pay for their broken bones?
The driver of the tractor-trailer is only one of many people who could be at fault for your truck accident. The liability for the crash will depend on the specifics of the case. For example, the people, location, and actions involved in the accident:
- Fuel and waste disposal corporations. The transportation of hazardous materials carries additional risks for fires and explosions in the event of a crash, and compromising safety can cost lives.
- Farming companies. Produce, milk, grain, and even live animals have left their containers and spilled onto the roadways, causing havoc for drivers following behind as they swerved off the road and into one another to avoid the obstacles.
- Highway safety organizations. If a sign was recently removed indicating a steep grade, or drivers were not given proper lane-closure notice, the local government in charge of the highway may be held responsible for the crash.
- Trucking companies. Many maintenance issues—including aging fleets of vehicles—can be attributed to a trucking company’s unwillingness to spend profits on newer safety technology.
- Other parties. A vehicle manufacturer may be held liable if the car following the truck was unable to stop due to a malfunction or design flaw, while a loading company may be responsible if the cargo came loose because it was not secured properly.
Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so you should speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 for your free consultation today.