If you or a loved one were in a wreck with an 18-wheeler and seriously injured, it is understandable to feel frustrated and even angry. Not only do you have to suffer emotionally and physically, but you may find yourself faced with great financial burden as well. Fortunately, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages and receive the support you need to heal and move forward.
At Bill Easterly & Associates, in Nashville, Tennessee, we want to help you understand who might be liable for your damages so that you can pursue the justice you deserve. Our team of truck accident attorneys has more than 25 years of experience in personal injury law, so we know what it takes to win cases and hold parties responsible for their negligence. Our success is reflected in the millions of dollars’ worth of settlements that we have recovered for our clients and our determination to fight for you.
There are numerous parties that can potentially be held liable for a truck accident. As trucks are typically owned by companies and considered commercial vehicles, the manufacture and operation of these vehicles is heavily regulated by both state and federal law. Every individual who is involved in creating, loading, managing, and driving of 18-wheelers have a duty to take reasonable measures to avoid the risk of an accident that may cause injury.
The most obvious individual whom you may be able to sue for your injuries is the negligent driver of the truck. Federal trucking regulations are specific and strict in regard to proper protocol for driving an 18-wheeler, including hours of operation, proper rest breaks, and alcohol consumption. These rules are instated in order to ensure that the truck driver remains alert, focused, and unhurried while on the road.
Violations of these regulations can lead to the following causes of truck accidents:
Additionally, a truck company can be held liable if they failed to monitor the hours of operation of their drivers, or ordered strict and unreasonable timeframes for deliveries that require drivers to speed or operate longer than regulated. Generally, under the concept of “respondeat superior” trucking companies will almost always be legally liable if the driver has an established employment relationship with them. This concept essentially means that a supervisor is responsible for the actions of his or her employees while performing job-related duties.
Beyond merely the driver and the company, however, there may be more parties involved in the cause of your accident. Our personal injury lawyers are thorough and competent in investigating circumstances surrounding accidents and can recognize when a truck manufacturer may be liable. If the vehicle’s tires, brakes, or other parts malfunctioned, those responsible for ensuring they were safe may have contributed to your accident. Furthermore, a manufacturer may be liable if they violated the regulations for vehicle safety, including height, weight, and underride guard requirements.
Ultimately, there are a number of individuals and parties that might have contributed to the accident that caused your injury or the death of your loved one. At Bill Easterly & Associates, our truck accident lawyers have the experience and dedication that you need to analyze your case and determine who is liable. We are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation for your damages, and can help you hold every negligent party accountable.
Take the first step and call us today to schedule your free case evaluation!