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Is the Trucking Company Liable for Accidents Caused by Their Drivers?

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Commercial trucks transport goods throughout Pennsylvania. Tractor-trailer trucks accidents can result in significant damage to property and people. The severe injuries sustained in crashes involving commercial trucks can result in life-changing income loss, overwhelming medical bills, and substantial physical and emotional injuries. The total harm suffered is often more than the amount covered by insurance.

Is the Trucking Company Liable for Accidents Caused by Their Drivers?

Is the Trucking Company Liable If There Is a Car Accident Caused by One of Their Drivers?

If you have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, it is critical to identify all responsible parties. Those responsible can include the driver, the company employing the driver, the owner of the truck and trailer, the company that loaded the goods in the trailer, and possibly the company that owns the load being hauled. It is important to determine the legal relationship between all of the potentially liable parties so that all responsible parties are held liable. Identifying all the responsible parties also increases the opportunity to ensure full and fair compensation is secured.

Consequences of a Truck Accident

The significant difference in size between commercial trucks and the other vehicles on the road is never more apparent than after a collision. Common injuries resulting from a truck accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash

These accidents can result in permanent injuries. For example, a spinal cord injury may leave a victim unable to walk. A traumatic brain injury could mean that a victim must spend the remainder of his or her life in an assisted living facility. Families can be left with a huge care cost unless they can secure adequate compensation after the accident. Trucking accidents can also result in fatalities, adding to the pain and suffering of the family.

Is the Truck Carrier Responsible?

A trucking company accident is responsible when it employed the driver. The trucking company may also be responsible itself for negligent hiring, training, or supervision.

Sometimes, a truck company tries to avoid or reduce its responsibility by identifying the truck driver be an independent contractor or owner-operator instead of an employee of the trucking company. If the truck driver in your case caused an accident but was identified as an independent contractor or an owner-operator, you may still have a claim against the trucking company so it is critical to allow an attorney to investigate and analyze the facts of your case.

Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer at KBG Injury Law

Trying to determine liable parties and pursuing compensation after a trucking collision is complicated. If you have sustained an injury as a result of a trucking accident, you may want to contact a trucking accident attorney who can help you with your lawsuit as soon as possible. Once you reach out, an attorney can begin taking the steps toward protecting your right to recover losses and receive fair compensation.

The impact of a trucking accident may affect your life and finances for many years. A trucking company will have a powerful insurance company and powerful attorneys on its side, and you deserve the same legal support.

The attorneys at KBG Injury Law have decades of experience and a reputation for securing settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients. If you would like legal representation after sustaining an injury in a trucking accident or after you have lost a loved one due to a trucking collision, contact KBG Injury Law at 800-509-1011 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.

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