Three Kinds Of Negligence That Cause Semi Truck Accidents

Posted on: 29 January 2018

If you were recently injured in a semi truck accident, you should know that there is a possibility that your accident was caused by negligence. The difficult part of your case is the fact that there are three kinds of negligence where semi trucks are concerned. Trying to first determine if the case is a case of negligence, and then figure out what kind of negligence, is going to take some time for your semi truck accident lawyer to figure out. However, you should still file a lawsuit in the meantime, and learn about the three kinds of negligence that may be involved.

1. Negligence on the Part of the Truck Driver

The truck driver may be responsible if he or she fell asleep at the wheel for failure to rest up properly prior to getting in the driver's seat. The driver may also be negligent if he/she was drinking or taking medication that is proven to cause problems with controlling such a large machine as a semi-truck. Knowingly getting behind the wheel when there are physical complications or compromised capacity is negligence, and you should sue the driver. 

2. Negligence on the Part of the Truck Company

The company that owns the semi truck is responsible if they put a truck on the road that has not recently passed safety inspections. When these owners put such trucks on the road, they run the awful risk of injuring other people, including their drivers. Public inspection records and insurance records will help shake the truth out if the owner of the truck that hit you knew the truck might be a danger, and put it on the road anyway.

3. Negligence on the Part of the Semi Truck Manufacturer

Finally, the manufacturer of the semi truck may be responsible. Typically, thousands of vehicles are made and sold every year. When these vehicles later cause injuries or death, all of the makes and models that caused injuries and deaths from faulty parts have to be recalled. If they are not recalled, and the same trucks are still for sale, that is negligence too.

Injuries caused by poor braking systems, mechanical failures, etc., are all the responsibility of the manufacturer. In this case, it may not be the driver's or the trucking company's fault, especially if they did not know about the mechanical issues or any non-existent recall. As such, you should be suing the truck's manufacturer.