Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?
Victims injured in auto accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles commonly suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Because the needs of truck accident victims are so great, it becomes essential that they work with proven attorneys who are capable of holding the at-fault party liable for the full amount of their damages.
At the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., our Austin truck accident lawyers have fought on behalf of many accident victims who were harmed through no fault of their own. We know the many regulations governing the trucking industry, the common types of violations and errors that put the public at risk, and how to hold negligent parties fully accountable for the damages they cause.
Every truck accident case is unique, and the at-fault party in your case will depend on the unique set of facts and circumstances involved the wreck. In most personal injury cases, trucking accidents are typically the result of errors committed by drivers, trucking companies, or auto part manufacturers.
- Truck Drivers – Driver error is one of the leading causes of preventable truck accidents, which is why truck drivers must abide by numerous state and federal laws regarding their fitness to drive and their actions. For example, truckers must be medically cleared in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license, and they must obey laws that prevent them from posing risks to the public, including risks posed by distracted driving, driving under the influence, and violating hours of service rules, which can cause driver fatigue.
- Trucking Companies – Trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their employees and for the vehicles they put onto public roadways. Like drivers, commercial carriers must also abide by many safety regulations, including keeping accurate driver logs, properly maintaining vehicles, and overseeing their employees so as to prevent negligent or unfit drivers from getting behind the wheel.
- Auto Part Manufacturers – In some trucking accident cases, a wreck may have been caused by a defective auto part, such as a defective tire, faulty airbag, or brake defects. When this is the case, victims may be able to recover compensation from the auto part manufacturer, distributor, or other party that made a defective product available to consumers.
Personal injury law allows victims of negligence to hold the at-fault party liable for their damages, which can include the costs of obtaining medical treatment, future costs for needed medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. In addition to helping you determine who can be held liable for your truck wreck, our team at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. can also leverage our extensive experience to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
For a free consultation about your truck accident case, contact us today. Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Austin, Waco, and the state of Texas.