Determining Liability in Truck Accidents Takes Years of Experience

There are many different factors that go into determining liability in truck accidents. At our Lafayette, LA, firm, we will conduct a thorough investigation. With our attention to detail, we can provide the most effective legal representation possible. We will consider police reports, witness accounts, and any other relevant evidence. In addition, there are several different parties who could be held liable for your accident. According to state and federal laws, truck owners and trucking companies often share legal responsibility. At the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, we are very familiar with these laws. We will use our knowledge and hard-hitting approach to obtain the full amount of compensation that you deserve.

A commercial truck lying on its side behind a broken guard rail

In truck accidents, determining liability can be much more complicated than with car accidents because of the many different parties involved.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?

There are several circumstances that can lead to a truck accident. In some cases, the truck driver may be guilty of negligence or recklessness. In other instances, faulty parts or a poorly maintained truck may have caused the accident.

Companies who impose unsafe working conditions or who do not train their employees properly may be held liable.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have set strict laws to regulate the trucking industry. Therefore, there are different individuals who could be liable for a truck accident. These individuals could include:

  • The driver: Truck drivers who exhibit negligent behavior, such as speeding, are often the primary parties at fault. Drunk driving is also a serious issue.
  • The truck owner: Truck owners are responsible for keeping their vehicles in safe working condition. If poor maintenance contributed to an accident, the owner may be liable.
  • The manufacturer: In some cases, defective parts can contribute to an accident. Therefore, the truck manufacturer may have legal responsibility. Other times, the maker of the individual part may be to blame.
  • The trucking company: Companies who impose unsafe working conditions or do not train their employees properly may be held liable. Sometimes, companies can be legally responsible, even if they followed all safety protocol. Through the principle of “vicarious liability,” companies are answerable for their drivers’ actions on the job.
  • The loader: If a truck was loaded improperly, the responsible party may face legal consequences.

Often, two or more parties could share responsibility.

The Process of Determining Liability

Our attorneys will consider many different issues when determining liability for your accident. One of the most important and informative factors is the “black box” contained in many commercial trucks. This device records data from the time of the accident. Information could include:

  • Speed
  • Average and maximum speed during a trip
  • Trip time
  • Distance
  • Brake usage
  • Engine throttle

Along with these statistics, we will analyze police reports, eyewitness testimony, and medical records. We can even hire an accident reconstruction expert, if necessary.

Why Choose Us for Your Truck Accident Case?

Truck accident cases are not easy. However, with the right lawyer on your side, you can obtain a significant amount of compensation. This money can help you cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses. At the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy, we focus on personal injury law, including truck accidents. Thanks to our specialization, we understand the ins and outs of truck accidents. We are also familiar with the unique laws regulating the trucking industry. Therefore, when you work with our firm, you can focus on recovery while we focus on getting the money you deserve. 

Contact Us for a Case Evaluation

If you are a victim of a truck accident, we can help. To learn more about truck accident liability, contact the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy today.