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Who can I sue for injuries from a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle drivers who figure in truck crashes suffer devastating effects. They may endure physical injuries along with emotional turmoil and mental torment.

Unfortunately, truck accidents continue to affect victims nationwide. In 2021, police-reported accidents that involved large trucks led to 110,000 injury crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration added that 5,149 truck accidents were fatal crashes.

Claiming damages from several parties

Victims of truck crashes may claim economic damages for medical costs, vehicle repairs and lost income. They could also seek noneconomic damages for their emotional and mental pains.

When a road accident involves trucks, victims may sue the following parties if they are negligent:

  • Driver: A driver could be at fault for aggressive speeding or reckless driving. If they fail a sobriety test, they could be liable for driving while intoxicated.
  • Owner of the truck: The owner is responsible for ensuring that their driver is qualified and capable. They should also be at the helm of management and operations by making sure that their truck is in good condition.
  • Maintenance personnel: They may be liable if the investigation shows that they did not follow maintenance protocols. They could also commit errors by using the wrong tools and replacing parts with substandard items.
  • Cargo loaders: Improper loading may cause the truck to lose balance when the weight shifts while in transit. Overloading could also lead to serious accidents when it causes brake failures or tire blowouts.

Another possible liable party is the truck manufacturer if there is proof that a manufacturing error caused the accident. Once a victim finalizes the parties to sue, they need to file the lawsuit no later than two years after the crash.

The road to healing and recovery

Going through a terrible ordeal like a truck accident entails resilience. As you try to seek reparation, legal guidance could strengthen you to fight for what you deserve as you heal and recover.