If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other large commercial vehicle in Alabama, our Tuscaloosa truck accident attorneys can help you determine who is responsible for paying your damages. Figuring out who is liable for what is complicated business because there could be several parties who share in the blame.
A commercial truck driver who owns and operates his or her own rig, could be liable for negligence if they operated the truck under unsafe conditions or if they failed to maintain the vehicle properly. But others could also be liable. While the Tuscaloosa truck accident attorneys at Cross & Smith will be able to tell you more after investigating the facts of your specific case, you should be aware there are additional parties who could become defendants in a lawsuit you file for damages in a personal injury or wrongful death case.
The owner of the large truck — whether it was the truck driver involved in the accident, another independent owner, or a commercial trucking company — is responsible for keeping up with the maintenance and repair of the vehicle.
Truck owners, especially in situations where the truck is in demand, sometimes cut corners to keep the rig out on the road earning money. If the accident was even partly caused by a vehicle malfunction, the owner could be held responsible if they knew or should have known that the truck was in need of repair and did not take reasonable steps to fix the problem.
Trucking companies can be held responsible for 18-wheeler accidents for a number of reasons, including:
The companies in charge of loading goods onto an 18-wheeler can be held liable if they engaged in any of these practices:
Sometimes truck and truck parts manufacturers cause a truck accident because of faulty design, manufacturing or assembly practices. Depending on the nature of the defect, the company that distributed the part or vehicle can also be held liable for contributing to the accident.
It is the job of experienced Tuscaloosa truck accident attorneys to gather all the evidence and get to the bottom of who is responsible for your injuries. To learn more, contact us online or call our office at (877) 791-0618 for a free confidential consultation.