If you’re involved in an accident with a truck, you may experience a more severe personal injury than if you’re in a collision with another car because of the truck’s greater size and weight. You want to make sure you recover physically and financially from your loss and damage, and part of that means knowing who is liable. The following list may help you understand who might be responsible for compensating you after such a crash.
Possible Liability for Injuries in a Truck Accident
1. Truck Driver
If the driver was negligent and the negligence caused the accident, the driver could be liable. Negligent acts include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while drowsy or distracted, speeding, or driving with a load that exceeds government weight limits.
2. Driver’s Company
If the driver is an employee of the company that owns the truck, the company may also be liable. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior, the company is responsible for the acts of its agents, including employee drivers.
3. Truck Designers & Manufacturers
The accident might have occurred due to defective vehicle design, parts, or construction. Design engineers and truck manufacturers can be liable under products liability law for your personal injury resulting from such defects.
4. Agency Responsible for Road Maintenance
Dangerous road conditions due to poor road maintenance can cause truck drivers to have accidents that result in permanent disability. If you want to pursue personal injury claims against states, cities, or towns responsible for the upkeep of streets and roadways, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you about the special rules that apply.
Truck accident personal injury claims can be complex, so residents throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida depend on The Gil Law Firm for valuable advice and vigorous representation. Backed by almost 20 years of experience, these dedicated attorneys will investigate your circumstances and guide you through the process. Their goal is to obtain full compensation for you from everyone who may be liable. Get the help you need to recover from your accident. Call the Dothan, AL, office at (334) 673-0100, or visit them online to learn more about their services.