A truck driver is not the only one that can be found liable for a collision involving a semi-trailer. Those who have been injured in car accidents caused by out of control semi-trailers should consider also suing the company who owns or leased the semi-trailer. In most cases a semi-trailer’s owner is responsible for hiring competent drivers and ensuring that the semi-trailer is fit to drive. If the truck driver loses control because of a defective part, the victims can also sue the manufacturer that produced the defective part.
Often, trucking companies will attempt to avoid liability by claiming that the organization that leased the truck, a third-party contractor, is responsible for the damages incurred. However, federal law mandates that it does not matter if the truck is leased or the driver is an independent contractor, the owner of the permit to ship the goods is responsible in the end. Consequently, there is no shortage of liable parties that could be responsible for a semi-trailer accident.
For example, according to NBC 10, a car-carrier truck collided with a box truck on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel on Monday, March 10 in the early evening. Two people were injured in the crash. The victims could sue either the truck driver, the company that leased the vehicles, the company with the permit or the manufacturer of any part whose malfunctioning caused the accident. Choosing which party is liable for which crash-causing factor can be a difficult process to do alone. As such, it is best to work alongside an attorney with ample experience in such matters.
Middlesex County Injury Lawyers That Handle Trucking Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, our Middlesex County injury attorneys can help. The Spevack Law Firm was founded in 1928 and has been passed down through the generations from son to grandson. Throughout our 86-year history, the Spevack family has been defending the common people of New Jersey from predatory insurance companies and large corporations. For more information about how we can help in your particular case, reach out to us. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Middlesex injury lawyers, contact our office today at (732) 636-3030.
[Did You Know: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents cost $39 billion in 2011.]
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