Large commercial trucks are frequently seen on the nation’s highways as they transport goods. While the size is beneficial for moving many products simultaneously, it also makes the trucks more susceptible to crashing. According to a report by the National Safety Council, these big vehicles caused 107,000 injury accidents in 2020.
Occupants of other vehicles involved in collisions might wonder who is responsible for paying damages after a truck crash. This answer depends on several conditions.
Who Is At Fault?
Determining fault is vital for knowing how to collect damages after a truck accident. Alabama is an “at-fault” state, meaning if either driver’s actions contributed to the accident, they could not collect from the other party. At-fault drivers pay for accidents only if they are 100% responsible.
Was The Truck Driver Negligent?
If truck drivers act negligently while operating their vehicles, they can be responsible for an accident they cause. Some negligent activities are:
- Driving drunk
- Falling asleep while driving
- Texting while driving
Injured parties have the responsibility of proving negligence in vehicle collision lawsuits.
Is Someone Else Responsible For The Accident?
Besides the drivers, many other people are also responsible for ensuring the safety of trucks on the roads. If one or more of these parties acts negligently, the injured parties may hold them accountable instead of the drivers. Some examples are the truck manufacturers, the maintenance providers and the loading personnel.
Large commercial trucks can cause extensive damage and injuries in accidents. Injured parties must act quickly, as the deadline to file a lawsuit is two years after the day of the accident.