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Who is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?

Who is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?

May 10, 2018

In a car accident, there are generally two parties who may be held liable – the driver or the car manufacturer. However, in a commercial truck accident, there may be several different parties liable for your injuries. An investigation is necessary to determine fault in a commercial truck crash. We will work diligently to find out who is responsible, and will help you pursue justice.

There are several parties who may be liable for a commercial truck wreck:

  1. The truck driver. Driver error is responsible for a majority of truck accidents in the United States. Drowsy driving, distracted driving, and reckless behavior may lead to a wreck. Since commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, an error by the driver could have devastating results. Furthermore, if a driver fails to inspect the vehicle before starting out, he or she may be held liable.
  2. The truck manufacturer. Defective or dangerously designed parts may also cause a truck accident. If this is the case, the manufacturer of the faulty component may be held liable in court. Defective equipment, such as tires that lack necessary tread, could increase the risk of an accident.
  3. The trucking company. Trucking companies may also be held liable, particularly if they fail to abide by federal regulations. Pushing truckers to drive longer and faster than necessary to meet tight shipping deadlines may lead to drowsy driving. Trucking companies must abide by federal regulations, or they may be held liable for a crash.
  4. The cargo loading company. Improperly loaded cargo, imbalanced cargo, and overloaded cargo may lead to an accident. Third-party cargo loading crews may be held liable for improperly loaded cargo that causes a crash. Furthermore, if the cargo is not adequately secured and comes loose during the trip, the cargo loading company may be held responsible.
  5. The maintenance company. Sometimes, trucking companies will hire third-party maintenance crews to provide maintenance for the vehicles. If the maintenance company fails to provide necessary care for the trucks, or makes serious errors that lead to mechanical failure, it may be held responsible in court.


Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner provides efficient representation to injured clients. If you have been involved in a commercial truck wreck, ourHonolulu truck accident lawyers will help you file a claim and pursue justice. Don’t let someone else’s mistakes change your life forever. We will help you seek the financial relief you need as you recover and move forward.

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