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Burden of Liability: Truck Drivers and Their Employers



If you've been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck driver, you may wonder who's responsible for paying your medical expenses and other accident-related costs: The driver or his employer? That's a good question.

Many Responsible Parties

Personal injury laws say that if you're injured in an accident that was someone else's fault and if that person had a responsibility to help keep you from getting injured, then the person at fault must compensate you for your injuries and costs associated with your accident.

If you apply personal injury law to automobile accidents, it's pretty straightforward. Imagine that you have a green light and are crossing through an intersection when a car runs a red light and hits your auto. The other driver had a responsibility to drive conscientiously and follow the rules of the road. The other driver failed to do so, you were injured as a result and he should compensate you for your injuries.

When the other driver works in commercial trucking, more than just the driver can be at fault. Arguably, liability-or financial responsibility for your accident-may rest with:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck's owner
  • The driver's employer
  • The truck's manufacturer
  • The company that leased the trucking equipment from its owner
  • The company whose cargo is being hauled

Because there are so many potentially responsible parties, not just any personal injury lawyer will do. It's important to hire an experienced trucking accident lawyer to handle your case. That's because an attorney who focuses his or her practice on trucking accidents will be familiar with the many types of parties that are potentially at fault in your accident. Your lawyer can review the specific facts of your case and determine which parties should be named as defendants in your truck accident lawsuit.

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