In many instances where truck accidents have occurred, truck drivers may be at fault. However, this is not always the case.
As discussed in this blog before, there are numerous ways in which vehicular accidents can occur — and how parties other than the driver may be liable for a wreck. Here are some more potential defendants in a truck accident case:
Repair shops and mechanics could be liable
Trucks are frequently sent to auto repair facilities to ensure that they are well maintained. The responsibility falls on both mechanics and repair shops to guarantee that vehicles are maintained in accordance with current professional standards. Failing to correctly diagnose problems, damaging other parts of the vehicle during the course of their work or carrying out repairs in a shoddy manner could all be classified as negligence.
Separate cargo companies may be responsible
Where a separate cargo company has been used, they could be held responsible if they did not load the truck in an appropriate manner. Unsecured loads can lead to shifts or spills, which may distract drivers and ultimately decrease the control they have over their vehicle. Similarly, a lopsided load can suddenly shift while the driver is in motion, which can cause a semi to topple over.
Truck manufacturers also have a duty
Truck manufacturers — and the companies that make parts for big rigs — have a responsibility to create products that are safe. If a truck has a defective design, was manufactured incorrectly or has defective parts, that puts some of the weight of the accident on the manufacturer’s shoulders.
Familiarizing yourself with the law relating to truck accidents could be in your best interests. If you or your loved one has been injured in a wreck with a truck, find out more about what it takes to preserve your legal rights to a claim.