When it comes to traffic accidents between two different consumer vehicles, sorting out who is responsible is a fairly straight-forward endeavor. In some cases there may be extenuating circumstances but, most of the time, fault lies with one or more negligent drivers. When a commercial truck accident occurs, injured parties often assume that fault similarly lies with the truck driver. While this may sometimes be the case, often times the circumstances are more complicated than that.
The government understands what kind of risks large commercial vehicles pose on the road for other drivers, which is why the commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated. It relies on a series of different parties all working together to ensure that a commercial rig is safe and that it is operated by a qualified driver. When this cooperation and vigilance does not happen, other motorists are put at risk-- and not just because of truck driver error.
The liable parties following a trucking accident can include:
- The truck driver
- The party that leased the truck (or trailer)
- The manufacturer of the truck (or trailer)
- The owner of the rig
- The shipping company
Taking Incisive Legal Action
Of course, it is not expected for a trucking accident injury victim to be an expert in trucking regulations or to even be certain what exactly caused their accident. Usually, there will be an investigation as to what precisely happened on the road, but, beyond that, it may be up to a capable Charleston trucking accident attorney to establish just how and why the dangerous conditions that caused the accident were present.
At Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC, we are well-versed in the devastation commercial trucking negligence can leave in its wake. Our legal team knows what it takes to assert the wrongdoing in these cases both in and outside the courtroom and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients who have been wronged by the reckless behavior of others.
Want to learn about your post-trucking accident injury options? Call our skilled and compassionate team at 843.968.0886 today.