Semi-trucks are complex vehicles that require frequent repairs and attentive
maintenance to operate safely. Without proper maintenance, truck accidents
can occur. To prevent such incidents, truck drivers and their employers
must adhere to strict regulations that govern maintenance and inspections.
When these responsibilities are not met,
truck accidents can result, and multiple parties may be liable for the damages.
In almost every truck accident case, the driver will be identified as a
liable party. Trucking companies share substantial liability when truck
accidents are caused by maintenance issues, but the driver must also be
aware of issues within their vehicle. If a driver notices a maintenance
issue while driving, they must correct it as soon as possible and alert
their employer of the issue. However, it is unlikely that the driver will
be solely liable for damages in a truck accident case. Trucking companies
almost always share liability with the driver.
Trucking Company Liability
Although truck drivers have a significant duty to ensure their vehicles
are operating safely, their employers are ultimately responsible for maintaining
their fleet. Trucking companies are responsible for regularly inspecting
their vehicles, making repairs as needed, keeping up-to-date maintenance
records, and identifying and correcting any potential safety hazards.
If a truck is deemed unsafe for any reason, trucking companies must remove
the truck from operation until it is safe, or take it out of their fleet
completely if it is irreparable. In addition to liability for injuries,
trucking companies could face additional penalties for their safety violations.
Other Liable Parties
Parties other than the truck drivers and trucking companies can be liable
when truck accidents are caused by a lack of maintenance. Although the
driver and their employer are generally most responsible for maintaining
their vehicles, other parties may assist with the repairs, such as independent
Additionally, maintenance issues can be caused by defective vehicles and
vehicle parts rather than negligent repairs. In these cases, the companies
that manufactured a truck and its parts could be held liable for damages.
Other liable parties may include retailers and safety inspectors.
Contact Gruenberg Kelly Della if you or a loved one was injured in a truck
accident. We provide quality representation to injury victims and are
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