An 18-wheeler is a large vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds. These truck crashes often lead to serious car accident injuries because of their size, weight and speed. If you have been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, then there are many different parties who may be held liable for your injuries. In this article, we will discuss some of the parties that could be liable for your injuries if you were hit by an 18-wheeler on the road.
Who is liable for a truck accident?
You can sue the driver of the truck in a truck accident lawsuit, as well as his or her employer if they were at fault. The driver may be liable because he or she was driving recklessly or negligently and caused the truck crash that resulted in your injuries. Other parties may also be liable if their negligent actions caused and/or contributed to the truck crash you were involved in.
A semi-truck is a vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds
There are several different types of semis and they vary according to their purpose. Most are used for hauling cargo. These are also called tractor trailers because the tractor (which most people call the “cab”) pulls the trailer which is the “container” portion of the vehicle in which the cargo is carried.
The driver of the semi-truck may be liable in a truck accident case
The most obvious party that could be held responsible is the driver of the truck. This person is responsible for driving safely and obeying traffic laws, which includes following the proper distance behind other vehicles and not speeding. If he or she failed to do so – because of negligence and/or he or she broke the traffic laws and caused your injuries, then they may be liable for any damages associated with your injuries.
The trucking company may have liability
If you have been injured in a crash involving a semi, it’s important to know that the trucking company that employed the driver may also be liable for any injuries you sustained.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates interstate commercial drivers and their employers. The FMCSA requires drivers to follow certain rules when operating their vehicles on public roads, including obeying speed limits and keeping proper records of hours worked each day. Additionally, trucking companies are responsible for making sure their drivers follow these rules before letting them drive alone on public roads–and they must also make sure that their trucks are safe enough so as not to cause accidents while being driven by someone else who might not know what he/she is doing properly with his vehicle!
A defective product or defective part may have caused your injuries
There are a number of ways that a defective product or part on a truck may have caused your injuries, including:
- The product was installed incorrectly by an unqualified person
- The product itself was defective when it left their facility or during shipping/delivery
Under these circumstances, the manufacturer of the product or the part may be held liable – as well as whoever installed the defective product or part.
There are many different parties that could be held responsible in a truck accident case including the driver of the semi himself or herself if traffic laws were broken and contributed to causing your injuries through negligence on the road. It is important to consult with a semi-truck accident lawyer who understands how these cases work so that you get compensation and money damages from those responsible for your injuries.