Commercial trucking accidents are immediately more complicated than an accident between non-commercial drivers. Trucks are far larger and heavier than any passenger vehicle, making them much more dangerous.
Not only are they more dangerous, the legal process is complicated because it can involve many more parties than car accidents and the involvement of other parties will vary depending on the cause of the accident.
Parties related to the passenger vehicle
- You, the driver of the vehicle
- Your insurance company
- Your healthcare provider if you sustained injuries, either that are clear at the accident or have delayed symptoms
- Your car parts manufacturer if your vehicle malfunctioned
Parties related to the commercial truck
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck driver’s contracting company if they are a contract employee
- The trucking insurance company
- The truck driver’s healthcare provider
- The truck driver’s supervisor or manager
- The truck or truck parts manufacturer if the truck’s parts malfunctioned
- The truck driver’s trainer or training company if the training was insufficient
- The party responsible for loading and securing the truck
- The manufacturer or shipper of hazardous materials
As someone involved in an accident with a truck, you are going to be up against a lot of different people and companies. That’s why it’s so important to work with experienced legal representation. You need professionals on your side who know how to deal with commercial accidents and the complications that come with that.
Your lawyer will help you identify everyone that could be involved, then determine potential fault and damages. Always reach out to law enforcement and legal representation as soon as possible.