One of the worst types of accidents an Akron area resident can be involved in is a commercial truck accident. Due to the size difference between an 18-wheeler and nearly every other vehicle on the road, just a minor fender bender can lead to serious injuries. If a person has been injured or even killed in a commercial truck accident they or their family may wonder who can be held responsible.
So, who can be held liable in a commercial truck accident?
- Truck driver. The truck driver may have caused an accident because of negligent behavior. They may have been speeding, distracted or fatigued. There may also be criminal charges brought against the truck driver.
- Truck carrier. A carrier is responsible for the trucks and the drivers that it puts on the road. That includes hiring truck drivers in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. A trucking company is also responsible for maintaining their trucks and making sure they are safe to drive.
- Cargo loader. Some truck carriers work with third party vendors to load their trucks. If a cargo shift causes an accident, the cargo originator, shipper, loader and transporter can be held liable.
- Truck manufacturer. Some truck accidents are caused by the truck or one of its components failing. These can include the braking system, tire blowouts, or problems with the steering or coupling systems.
A legal professional who is skilled in personal injury can help a victim of a commercial truck accident. They can make sure that they receive appropriate medical care for their injury. They can also investigate the cause of the accident and help determine who may be responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.