4 Parties That May Be Liable for a Truck Accident


Compared to car accidents involving non-commercial vehicles, commercial truck accidents are more complex and devastating. Not only does a collision often result in serious injuries and/or property damage, but it could be the fault of more than one party. 

The following are common parties that may be liable for a truck accident: 

  1. Truck driver – Most truck accidents are only caused by truckers because they either drive in a negligent or reckless manner or they violate traffic laws. Common examples include distracted driving, driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or fatigued driving for working long hours on a single trip. Truck drivers have a duty of care to follow all traffic laws and protect the safety of others on the road. 

  2. Trucking company – The company that employs the trucker may also be held liable for a crash. Common examples of company liability include hiring an unqualified truck driver, pressuring truckers to stay on the road longer and violate hours-of-service regulations, and lack of routine inspections and maintenance for its vehicles. 

  3. Cargo loaders – If a loader fails properly secure cargo to the vehicle and some of the cargo ends up falling off the truck and then causes an accident, the loader could be held responsible for the accident. Furthermore, if the loader loads too much cargo on to a vehicle, which hinders the trucker’s ability to operate the vehicle and then causes an accident, this is another example where the cargo loader is at fault. 

  4. Vehicle and part manufacturer – If a truck accident was caused by a defective vehicle or vehicle part such as the brakes, transmission, engine, or even tires, then the vehicle or part manufacturer can be held accountable for the collision. 

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a truck accident in Arapahoe County, CO, contact the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C. today at (720) 809-8262 for a free consultation and discuss your case with our experienced personal injury attorney.