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Up-to-date trucking can involve many intricate relationships, and several parties may be legally liable for an accident, depending on the circumstances. Finding out who was responsible for what is often one of the most demanding parts of the case and requires analysis of the entire arrangement.
Figuring out who was responsible is often one of the most difficult parts of the case. Potential defendants in a truck accident may include:
Truck driver error, fatigue, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are common causes of truck accidents.
If the collision was caused by a defective component of the truck, you can sue either the manufacturer or the makers of the truck part.
Trucking companies must take certain safety measures regarding their trucks and drivers to prevent accidents. If the trucking company has violated the law, it can be sued for the damages caused in an accident.
Truck repair shop
A person or company that did the truck repairs can be sued for your injuries if the truck involved in the crash had recently been repaired, and if it can be proven that such repairs were not performed properly and caused the accident.
A government entity responsible for controlling the repair of inadequate roads lighting, bad roads, broken down signals, or other systems can be held accountable in a truck accident case involving injuries or death if a truck accident occurred because of similar causes.
The shipper of goods
Various theories permit recovery against the shipper such as negligent entrustment or hiring of the trucking company.
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