Contact Form Contact Form

Who’s Liable For Your Injuries

Truck Accident Victims: Who’s Liable for Your Injuries?

Determining liability in a truck accident is much more complex than establishing fault in a car accident.  It takes a number of different people and companies to keep a truck properly operating, and any of them may be to blame for the accident and subsequent injuries.  In many cases, it is the culmination of a number of negligent acts that ultimately leads to a trucking accident.  To ensure the proper parties are held responsible, it is crucial to seek professional help from an experienced truck accident lawyer.

Generally speaking, the majority of truck accidents are caused by either driver error or vehicle failure.  However, within these two causes are a multitude of variables and parties who may have contributed to the accident.  For example, although a driver may be at fault for falling asleep at the wheel, his employer may also be held liable for providing inadequate training or placing unreasonable delivery timelines that forced the driver to scrimp on required sleep and rest stops.  Thus, more than one party may share blame as co-defendants.

Some potentially liable parties

Some of the parties who may be held liable in a truck accident include the following:

  • Drivers – Truck drivers who violate trucking regulations—such as ignoring mandated rest periods, or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs—may be held liable.  However, larger settlement amounts are obtained by pursuing liability with any companies involved.
  • Driver’s employers – Companies who cut corners and require drivers to drive too many hours or overload vehicles may be held liable for the driver’s negligent actions.
  • Truck owners – Truck owners are required properly to maintain vehicles and ensure they are up to code and safe to operate.
  • Maintenance companies – Truck maintenance facilities are responsible for providing quality repairs.  When faulty repairs contribute to an accident, the maintenance company can be held liable.
  • Loading company – Those responsible for loading trucks may be held liable if cargo is improperly loaded or overloaded.
  • Manufacturers – When dangerous or defective truck parts contribute to a crash, the parts manufacturers and designers may be held responsible.
  • Federal, state, and local government bodies – Ensuring roads are properly maintained and safe for drivers with adequate signage, guardrails, and safety measures is a government responsibility.  When dangerous roads contribute to truck accidents, various government bodies may be liable.

Seek legal assistance from a skilled team of attorneys

If you were involved in a truck accident, it is important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible to sort through the legal complexities and ensure proper measures are taken to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

At Ward & Ward we protect our clients from injuries due to the reckless and negligent actions of a driver in any kind of vehicle.  Our knowledgeable and experienced Indianapolis trucking accident law firm and personal injury advocates are here to help.

To discuss your personal injury and estate planning matters, contact Ward & Ward at 317-639-9501 to arrange a free consultation.  We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Recent Blog Posts

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to statistics, incidents of motorcycle accidents have been on the rise since 2006. Cycling accidents may cause serious injury or death and are often the result of one of the following circumstances: Car operator turns in front of the bike If the operator of a motorized vehicle fails to accurately judge a cyclist’s speed […]

Cell Phone Manufacturers Walk a Fine Line between Social and Personal Responsibility – Car accident lawyers

 Cell Phone Manufacturers Walk a Fine Line between Social and Personal Responsibility – Car Accident Lawyers Ward & Ward Law Firm Pressure is being put on cell phone manufacturers to include “lock-out” technology in their mobile devices to prevent drivers from accessing certain features while driving. Who bears the responsibility for car accident injuries and […]

Indiana Personal Injury Attorney Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©

Ward & Ward Law Firm Announces Partner in Personal Injury Law Firm is Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America Indianapolis personal injury attorney, wrongful death attorney and medical malpractice attorney, Charlie Ward, has been selected by his peers for inclusion into the 23rd annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America© Indianapolis, Indiana […]

Indiana Legislation Relating to Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Declared Unconstitutional

Victims of latent asbestos related diseases have reason for hope after Indiana’s State Supreme Court Ruling What is a product liability claim? A product liability claim seeks to hold miners, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others along the commerce and distribution chain, responsible for the personal injury and wrongful death caused by dangerous and defective products, […]

Ward & Ward Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys Receive Award from

Ward & Ward Law Firm Personal Injury Lawyers Receive Prestigious Award from Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis2016 The attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm have been recognized by as 2016Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis. connects people in every U.S. city with qualified experts from their own communities. The Seattle based […]