Trucking Accidents: The Basics
By Team at Zimmet & Zimmet, In Personal injury
Liability is much more difficult to determine in trucking accidents than regular traffic accidents. There are more parties involved, from the driver, to the truck owner, and sometimes industry knowledge is required. At Zimmet and Zimmet, one of our practiced areas of law is vehicle accidents of all types.
Our Daytona personal injury attorneys may be able to help you pursue compensation for trucking accidents.
Laws about Trucking Accidents
Federal laws governing the trucking industry establish a certain code that trucking companies, owners, and drivers must adhere to, and often by which to determine liability for trucking incidents.
Who is Liable?
In trucking accidents there are more players than usual, including:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The person or company that leased the equipment
- The vehicle and vehicle parts manufacturers
- The truck’s cargo loader
These players often determine between themselves which is going to compensate the victim.
Can Trucking Companies Avoid Liability?
In the past companies often tried to separate themselves from liability by setting up several loopholes and road blocks between themselves and the truck driver, vehicle ownership, and equipment insurance. But today, federal laws and regulations have, fortunately, put an end to these arguments. Under current law, any company owning a trucking permit is legally and financially responsible for any vehicle with its placard or name displayed on the vehicle.