Liability for a big rig crash may extend to multiple parties

| Oct 13, 2020 | Firm News |

A crash between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle often results in catastrophic injuries for the victim.

If you find yourself in this position, you may face prolonged treatment and great medical expense. Multiple parties may share liability for your injuries.

The overloading issue

Large commercial trucks must observe various federal and state laws, but this does not prevent trucking companies from pursuing more profit, regardless. Although the majority of truckers and their employers follow the rules, some engage in the overloading of cargo, a primary cause of truck-related crashes.

Safety concerns

Overloaded cargo can shift causing performance problems for the truck driver. A big rig carrying cargo that exceeds capacity limits and is unevenly distributed will be off-balance and difficult to control. The truck might tend to drift out of its lane, for example, and the driver may not make allowances for the longer stopping distances the extra weight requires. Overloading also creates more wear and tear on tires, brakes and other components, which can fail while the truck is in transit endangering nearby vehicles.

Shared liability

If you are the victim of a truck-car crash, you may suffer serious injuries accompanied by mounting medical bills. You deserve full and fair compensation to cover those bills, lost wages and more. The task of assigning negligence will begin with a thorough investigation of the incident. Keep in mind that in this kind of crash, the truck driver, the trucking company and even the company or individual responsible for loading the truck may share liability for your injuries.

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