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Who is liable for my truck accident?

Commercial truck accidents in California can be particularly traumatizing due to the large size and weight of the truck and the devastating damages that may occur. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be thinking about filing a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for your injuries and damages. If your case is successful, you could recover damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs relating to the accident.

When your accident involves a truck, you may be able to sue multiple parties for damages. First, you may sue the driver of the truck. Truck drivers are required to follow strict federal regulations when operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, due to delivery time constraints and other pressures, many drivers fail to follow these rules. For example, a truck driver may drive for extended periods of time, sacrificing sleep, to make their deliveries on time. Driver fatigue is a common cause of accidents and failing to take adequate breaks could be considered negligence.

Truck companies and owners are also often liable for accidents involving trucks. Truck companies may be held responsible for their drivers' negligence if the driver was working within the course and scope of his or her employment at the time of the accident. Truck companies may also be negligent for failing to properly train or supervise their drivers, or for failing to do background checks on their drivers before hiring them.

Truck accidents can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial injury. For assistance in filing a personal injury lawsuit against those liable for your accident, consider speaking to an attorney.

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