Getting into a collision with a big commercial truck can inflict a lot of damage to your automobile and to your physical health. Naturally, you should know who to hold responsible for the accident.
Truck accidents are often more complicated than car crashes. This is because there can be more parties that have contributed to the accident in addition to the driver. Here are some examples.
A trucking company
Many truck drivers are employees of a trucking company. This means the trucker may have hit you while performing work duty. If this is the case, the company could bear some liability if the company exerted control over the actions of the driver.
However, be aware if the truck driver is an independent contractor. Since companies have less supervision over independent contractors than employees, establishing whether the trucking company had enough control over the trucker to incur responsibility may prove more challenging.
Additionally, is also possible the trucker is a contractor for another company. So there could be another business that has responsibility for supervising the actions of the truck driver.
A manufacturer or cargo company
Sometimes truck collisions occur because of defective parts on a truck or hazards created by the cargo on the truck. This could cause the distributor of the cargo or manufacturer of the parts to be liable if they failed to disclose possible hazards to the truck company or the trucker, or if they were otherwise negligent in preparing cargo for transport or manufacturing the parts.
Determining who is at fault in a truck accident may appear daunting, but the effort can be worth it to help you gain compensation.