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Who is Liable in a Trucking Accident – The Driver, Trucking Company or Both?

Suing the Driver

18-wheelers are massive trucks that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They are much larger and heavier than average passenger cars and can cause significantly more injuries and damages when they collide with another vehicle. Accordingly, drivers are required to have a special license, a CDL (commercial driver’s license), to operate these big trucks.

In addition, they are required to comply with strict federal regulations and standards developed and issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If a truck driver causes a collision and injuries to others by negligently operating a large truck and/or failing to follow applicable rules, regulations and standards, the truck driver is liable, as an individual and an employee of the trucking company.

Suing the Trucking Company

Trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers, training and educating their drivers, maintaining their trucks, and ensuring that the cargo is loaded safely. Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring that their drivers comply with applicable rules, regulations, and standards. If a trucking company fails to do these things properly, it can be held liable for injuries and damages victims suffer during a crash involving a commercial truck.

Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you are involved in a trucking collision, it is crucial to hire a law firm who understands the unique issues involved in trucking cases, who has the resources to fully investigate and litigate your case, and who is absolutely committed to pursuing all legal actions possible to recover full and complete compensation for your injuries and damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, Cunningham Bounds, LLC can help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work to investigate the accident and hold the responsible parties accountable. We have a proven track record of success in truck accident cases, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today through our consultation request form or by phone at (251) 299-0101.

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