In commercial vehicle crashes, there are a lot of parties involved and potentially at fault. Potentially liable parties include the:
- Trucker. The truck driver is often the first person to be considered at fault in a truck accident.
- Trucking company. The employer may be at fault if the company hired an unqualified driver, failed to maintain the truck properly, or failed to provide adequate driver training.
- Truck owner. If an owner failed to keep up with truck maintenance, they could be at fault if an equipment failure causes an accident.
- Defective truck parts manufacturer. The manufacturer of the truck or its parts may also be held liable if a defect, like faulty brakes or a tire blowout, contributed to a crash.
- Cargo owners or handlers. If the truck's freight was not properly secured or the truck was overloaded, it could cause the truck to overturn, rollover, jackknife, or break operating equipment. In this scenario, the cargo owner or handlers may be at fault.