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Truck accidents: Driver, employer, owner, others may be liable

Truck accidents are far more likely than other types of crashes to leave people with severe injuries. If you have been hurt in a truck accident in Louisiana, then you should know that not only the truck driver may be liable; there could be multiple parties whose actions (or lack of action) played a part in the accident.

For example, maybe fatigue caused a truck driver to fall asleep at the wheel and crash into a car, injuring the people inside. Why was the driver fatigued? Did the trucking company set an unreasonable schedule for delivery, effectively pressuring the driver to violate federal hours-of-service regulations? If so, then the driver and the trucking company may be held liable for injuries suffered in the crash.

Trucking companies are notorious for denying responsibility for collisions. The reality, however, is that the trucking industry is subject to strict regulations, and failure to comply with those regulations could make a company liable for any resulting damages.

Liability in a single truck accident may fall to the trucker driver, his or her employer, whichever company was hired to carry the freight, and the truck owner. All of these parties are likely to have insurers, and many victims of truck accident don't know where to turn to receive compensation for injuries.

In any case, it is important to understand that all of the parties potentially responsible for a truck accident may try to reduce or refuse to pay the full amount of compensation due to you. The trucking industry and the insurance industry are in business for profit, not to compensate for your medical care or lost wages, though that is a responsibility these industries share. It is important, then, to have a personal injury attorney on your side to protect your rights and interests.

Source: Lawyers.com, "Trucking Accident Suits May Involve Multiple Parties," Accessed Aug. 20, 2014

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