Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?

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Have you been involved in an accident with a semi-truck? Was the accident caused by negligence? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may have a cause of action to receive compensation for your damages. The experienced attorneys at The Sargent Firm Injury Lawyers will work with you to assert the claims for your accident. In accidents involving semi-trucks, there are multiple parties that could be liable to you. We work tirelessly to investigate each and every potential party to a lawsuit to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Who Should You Sue?

The state of California is a fault state. The party that is at fault is responsible for paying the damages that result from a crash. There are four main individuals or entities that are potential parties to a lawsuit. In considering which parties to sue in a lawsuit, an experience attorney can make sure that the right parties are included in the suit.

  • The Truck Driver. The first party that comes to mind for liability is the driver of the truck. If the truck driver was negligent in operating the truck or following regulations, they can be sued.
  • The Trucking Company. An employer can be held liable for the negligence committed by their employees. If the employee, the truck driver, is acting within the scope of their employment by the trucking company, they are liable for their employees actions.
  • Repair Company. Due to the nature of the amount of miles and wear and tear that semi-trucks go through throughout their useful life, trucks often go through extensive maintenance check-ups. A repair, or company used for general maintenance, is negligent in their repairs, they may be held liable for an accident. The accident must have been caused by the negligence of the repair or maintenance company.
  • The Government. A state that does not take care or maintain the roadways that result in dangerous driving conditions can be made a party to the lawsuit.

While there are multiple parties that could be sued, that does not mean that every potential party should be made a party to a lawsuit. A big determination, outside of fault, is the insurance that a party might carry. A party with a larger policy will be a better option for accidents that have large amounts of damages. Usually, the trucking company will be the liable party in an accident.

Contact Experienced Attorneys

If you find yourself the victim of a truck accident, choose an attorney who is dedicated to providing excellent legal service. The experienced attorneys at The Sargent Firm Injury Lawyers strive to provide top of the line legal representation to guide you through the legal process. Our attorneys provide accurate and relevant legal advice to best serve you. We will work tirelessly to try to achieve the results that you desire and are entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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