Liability in Truck Accidents
The sheer size of an 18-wheeler or another big truck makes it a threat to everyone on the road. If a big truck gets into an accident, the results are often disastrous for anyone involved, especially for passengers of smaller vehicles. Trucking accidents can happen for a wide range of reasons, some of which are not immediately evident. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, many different parties are potentially at fault for your losses and injuries.
Determining Truck Accident Liability
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, various parties may be responsible for your losses, including:
- Trucking company. The trucking company is responsible for keeping their trucks in top working order and making sure their truck drivers and vehicles comply with all laws and safety standards.
- Supplier. The supplier may be responsible for materials that are loaded improperly or dangerously.
- Vehicle manufacturer. The company that manufactured the truck may be at fault if an accident is caused by defective or malfunctioning automotive parts.
- Driver. Truck drivers drive long distances and may become overly tired or attempt to rely on stimulants or illegal substances to stay awake and focuses.
- Other drivers. Many drivers do not understand how to drive safely around large trucks, which have additionally blind spots and slow braking times. Passenger car drivers may cause trucking accidents by cutting too closely in traffic, slamming on brakes in front of trucks, or taking other negligent actions that jeopardize the safety of everyone out on the road.
A qualified Iowa trucking accident lawyer can sort through evidence and help determine who is truly at fault for an accident.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact an Iowa truck accident attorney from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.