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Injured in a Semi Truck Crash? 3 Parties That May Be Held Liable

If you've been in a semi truck accident, you know first hand how devastating it can be. Because of the sheer size of these trucks, collisions between trucks and ordinary passenger vehicles tend to leave the smaller cars much worse for wear. Even worse, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 23% of semi truck accidents happen because a driver is going too fast for the road conditions. This reckless activity can have even more dire consequences when someone is behind the wheel of an especially heavy truck.

All too frequently accidents with commercial trucks result in serious injuries. If you have sustained an injury from a semi truck accident, you should know your options for seeking compensation. Unlike an accident with another civilian motorist, trucking accidents are much more complex. That's because in addition to the driver, there are a number of third parties that may be held responsible for your injuries by a truck wreck attorney.

Here are three common defendants in personal injury cases involving commercial trucks:

  1. The Driver
    If you have reason to believe that the truck driver should be held responsible for the accident, you should file a claim against them. Cases involving intoxication, speeding, or general improper or dangerous driving could be the fault of the driver. Though many accidents happen due to distracted driving or drunk drivers, this isn't always the case. This is especially true when it comes to trucking, a massive industry here in the United States.
  2. The Trucking Firm
    Of course, even in the most clear cut cases of negligence, it's possible that the driver will be unable to pay damages. However, in some cases, the trucker's employer is also partially responsible for the accident as well. Possible reasons for seeking restitution from the trucking company include poorly maintained vehicles, dispatching a driver with little sleep, or directing the driver to increase their speed. There are also a number of rules and regulations these big trucking companies are held to by law. For instance, the Department of Transportation has strict rules about the screening and drug testing of potential drivers. If these rules weren't followed, a truck wreck attorney can help you hold the transportation company responsible. Any improper actions they took relating to your case could see a lawsuit swing in your favor.
  3. The Vehicle Manufacturer
    If there was any malfunctioning machinery in the truck or poorly crafted mechanical components that contributed to the accident, the company that made the parts could be found responsible for causing your accident. If you learn that the truck manufacturer has had any recalls lately, consider directing your lawsuit towards them.


Trucking is a tough job. Sometimes truckers make mistakes, and sometimes they have an accident through no fault of their own. That doesn't make suffering an injury any easier. If you've suffered an injury from an accident with a semi truck, filing a lawsuit is a fair reaction. Before you do, talk to a lawyer about the best approach to your case. We can help you decide the best way to move your case forward and try and recover the damages you've suffered.

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