Which Parties May Be Responsible for Injuries In a Semi-Truck Accident?

In the unfortunate event of a serious truck accident, there are a number of unfortunate situations that may occur, including catastrophic injuries. When this happens, individuals may need to seek legal action to obtain justice and hold the negligent party accountable.

Legal action can be difficult, but it’s important to hire a lawyer who can help you determine which parties may be responsible for the injuries. Here are some of the individuals who may be considered responsible in a truck accident case.

The Trucking Company

In many cases, the trucking company pressures drivers to operate their trucks beyond the hours of service allowed. This may be done to meet specific deadlines that the trucking company promises without the thought of safety of the driver or others on the road.

Even worse, trucking companies may avoid performing regular maintenance on their trucks. This could lead to them missing some problems such as worn brakes, bad tires, or trouble with the engine.

The Truck Driver

The truck driver is required to not only log their hours, but also drive responsibly when going from one destination to the next. This means they cannot drink or do drugs while driving. They must also avoid texting while driving or operating their trucks while tired.

Failure to follow these laws is not only illegal, but can also lead to a serious accident.

Warehouse Employee

A warehouse employee may be responsible for ensuring that the truck is loaded correctly and that the truck is properly maintained. Any issues that may arise that links back to the warehouse employee could put them at fault for any accident that occurs.

Trucking Manufacturer

While it may seem like something that doesn’t get discussed a lot, there are situations in which parts for a truck are defective. A manufacturer must ensure that a design is safe, the production of the part is done correctly, and there are warnings for any potential dangers on the part.

When individuals are harmed in a trucking accident, there are legal avenues that can be taken by the victim to seek justice against the responsible party. Our Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at Ervin & Ervin may be able to help.

If you’ve been hurt, call us at (918) 994-0880 to discuss your potential options.