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Truck Accident FAQ: Could the Trucking Company Be Liable for the Accident?

Truck Accident FAQ: Could the Trucking Company Be Liable for the Accident?

| Jan 9, 2014

In recent years, trucking companies have been trying to distance themselves from any kind of liability in trucking accidents. New federal laws, however, have been combating this complication in order to hold trucking companies responsible for their actions.

Why are truck accidents complicated?

An accident involving a truck is complicated because there are a lot of parties involved in the operation and use of a truck. Depending on the accident itself, any number of these members can be deemed as part of the case:

  • Driver – The truck driver is the one who is operating the vehicle.
  • Trucking Company – They often employ drivers on a contractor agreement and organize the larger planning of a delivery.
  • Parts and Manufacturers – These are the people who make truck.
  • Shippers and Suppliers – They load and unload shipments from the truck.

Trucking Company Distance

Trucking companies can try to avoid liability by distancing themselves from the rest of the parties. First, trucking companies can sometimes hire a driver as a contractor, rather than an employee. Because of this, their driver is an independent entity from the trucking company. Trucking companies will then ‘rent’ the truck and equipment from the driver, thus distancing themselves from the truck, parts, and maintenance of the vehicle itself.

What should I do?

If you are involved in a trucking accident, avoid the complications by contacting George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for a free truck accident case review. We are available 24/7 to help you iron out the details and work with the big corporations and insurance companies to get the money you deserve. Call today, or visit us in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, or Orangeburg for a free consultation.

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