Every year in the United States, there are over 300,000 accidents involving large commercial trucks. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there could be multiple responsible parties, dependent on who hired the truck driver at the time of the accident and who owns the truck. It is safe to assume that your claim may have more fault than just the driver. The reason why multiple defendants must be determined is because multiple people responsible means that different people must pay for the damages that stemmed from it. If you have been injured in a truck accident, they are liable for your injuries and you must understand the relationship between multiple defendants to your accident.
Sometimes, even the manufacturer of the entire truck or pieces of the truck’s vital equipment stand at the forefront of liability for your injury damages. This typically occurs when manufacturers allow unsafe trucks on the roadway or when components fail, either because the manufacturer knew they were defective or not. There are even Federal Motor Carrier regulations that dictate what is necessary for a truck to operate safely on the roadways, encouraging drivers and companies to always make sure that their vehicles are properly maintained. By identifying the manufacturers, a truck driver may actually be found to not be responsible.
When you are involved in a trucking accident, you may find that there are many disagreements over liability. Identifying ALL possible defendants, you can escape some of these disagreements, especially when there is proof in front of your eyes. In order for all of these defendants to be questioned and held accountable for your personal injuries, you should have an experienced truck accident attorney handle your case. Call us today for more information on how we can handle your claim at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi.