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Who to Sue After a Semi-Truck Accident

Fitzgerald Law July 28, 2022

When a semi-truck hits a vehicle, the consequences are life-changing for the driver and passengers. Recovering from an 18-wheeler accident or any big-rig accident takes time, dedication, and major medical bills. It’s important to hold the person (or party) who caused the accident responsible for their actions. So, who can be held liable in a semi-truck accident?

There are several possible answers as it depends on your specific situation. Working with an experienced truck accident attorney can help you hold the party who caused the accident legally responsible for their actions. It can also help you seek to secure the financial compensation you need.

As an experienced personal injury attorney, I am committed to providing passionate advocacy and legal services to semi-truck accident victims and their loved ones, as well as victims of other types of accidents. At my firm, Fitzgerald Law, I represent clients from Glendale, California, as well as Burbank, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley.

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?

After an 18-wheeler accident or any accident involving a semi-truck, it is important to hold the party who primarily caused the accident responsible for their actions.

Those who may be held liable for a truck accident include the:

  • Truck driver

  • Trucking company

  • Truck manufacturer or the truck parts manufacturer

  • Person who loaded the cargo

  • Maintenance personnel who were responsible for maintaining the truck

  • Driver of the car

Factors in Determining Liability

Finding out exactly who or what (such as a faulty part) caused the accident is essential in determining liability and who can be held financially responsible.

In many cases, the semi-truck driver caused the accident and should be held liable. This could be due to overwork that caused the truck driver to be fatigued on the road. Or, it could be due to a lack of training or inadequate training in the first place. No matter why the semi-truck driver caused the accident, in these cases, they should be held responsible for their actions.

In other cases, another driver on the road caused the accident. They could have been speeding, failed to use their turn signal, did not stop when they should have, or committed another dangerous mistake. Driver errors can cause major accidents when a semi-truck is involved.

Road conditions are another factor that contributes to semi-truck accidents. When these accidents happen, the party responsible for the upkeep of the road where the accident happened can be held liable. This could be the city government, the state department of transportation, or another governing body.

What Steps Should I Take Next?

Take the right steps to protect your case, yourself, and your family after a semi-truck accident.

If I’m the Victim

Your first priority after the accident should be recovering from your injuries. Seek the medical attention you need and keep copies of all of your bills and records. Obtain a copy of the police report as well, and keep all documentation related to the accident.

Your medical bills will most likely be very expensive after a serious semi-truck accident. It can be helpful to work with a truck accident attorney after the accident to seek financial compensation for your medical bills by filing a personal injury claim.

If I’m Representing a Loved One

If your loved one was the victim of a semi-truck accident, their life and your life will be changed forever. If your loved one was incapacitated, you can help advocate for them outside and inside the courtroom.

In the worst-case scenario, if your loved one lost their life in a semi-truck accident, you and your family need time. During your time of grief, it is important to take care of yourself and your family first. You may also be interested in seeking to hold the person responsible for the accident liable. A truck accident attorney can help you understand your options when it comes to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Trusted California Attorney

Semi-truck accidents often have a devastating impact on the family of the victim. If you or a loved one is involved one, it is important to put health and recovery first. For help seeking compensation for your medical bills, work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

I have over 30 years of experience and specialize in plaintiff injury matters. I am a clear communicator, and I put your best interests first. My firm, Fitzgerald Law, proudly serves clients in Glendale, California, as well as Burbank, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley. Contact me, Paul D. Fitzgerald, Attorney at Law, today to schedule your free consultation.