Multiple parties could be responsible for compensating you following your truck accident. Here, learn about common parties found liable in truck wreck cases.

Who Could Be Responsible for Compensating You for Your Injuries in a Truck Accident?


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7/25/2018
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In Washington, you are entitled to be fully compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you suffered injuries in a truck accident caused by a truck driver. In, these crashes, more than one party is frequently responsible for compensating the victim. You want to pursue claims against all potentially liable parties when filing your claim. Why is this so important? It ensures that you receive the settlement you deserve because there are more parties—and insurance companies—to pay you what you are owed.

Parties Who Could Be Liable for Compensating You         

In order to determine the responsible parties, you need to determine the underlying causes of your crash. Truck accidents are complex, and in some cases, they are caused by more than one factor. You will need the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney to determine this and identify all the at-fault parties. Here are common parties held responsible in these cases:

  • Truck driver. In the majority of cases, the truck driver’s negligence was an underlying cause of a wreck. Speeding, intoxication, distracted driving, and violating federal hours of service regulations on the number of hours a trucker can drive without a break are just a few of the ways truckers cause these tragic accidents.
  • Trucking company. In Washington State, trucking companies are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their truck drivers that result in a truck accident and are responsible for compensating the victims. In addition, you may have a separate claim against the company for negligent hiring, failing to maintain and repair the truck, and failing to comply with other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
  • Shippers. In some cases, a truck accident can be caused if the cargo was improperly loaded or secured. In this situation, the shipping company could face liability for your injuries.
  • Maintenance facility. It is becoming more common for trucking companies to contract with a maintenance facility to perform routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs of its trucks. If the cause of your collision was faulty brakes, worn tires, or other maintenance problems, you may have a claim against this company.
  • Manufacturer. Defective truck parts and equipment can cause accidents. In this situation, the victim would have a products liability claim against the parts and truck manufacturer.

Contact Our Washington State Truck Accident Attorneys Today

If you were injured in a truck accident, our experienced lawyers are here to investigate your crash to determine its cause and identify all parties who may be responsible for compensating you. We will aggressively fight to obtain the compensation you deserve from these parties. Fill out our online form to schedule your free case evaluation to learn more about your legal rights.



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