If you are involved in a big rig accident in Riverside, then you want to be sure that you can hold the correct party responsible. These accidents can involve several potentially at-fault parties, but the most common is the driver or the trucking company. Keep reading to learn when each is most likely at fault or simply contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Basics of Big Rig Accidents
There could be several parties who could be held liable, but it is important to know how these cases are tried. If the problem begins with the trucking company, then that is usually whom we will pursue a claim against. Examples of situations in which the trucking company could be at fault include negligent hiring practices, lack of maintenance on their vehicles, and knowingly sending their drivers out in dangerous trucks.
Suing the Truck Driver
Most Riverside truck drivers are either independent contractors, or they work for a trucking company. If the truck driver was at fault for the accident, then they might be the party to sue. However, there could be other elements that affect the case too.
For example, the truck driver might not have left enough room between the front of their truck and the rear of your car, but if their brakes had a faulty part that further prevented them from hitting you, then the brake manufacturing could also be partially at fault. Because big rig accidents so often involve significant damages, it is often the case that you must sue more than one party to recover compensation for all your damages.
Suing the Trucking Company
One of the reasons that it is so common to sue the trucking company is because they generally have more assets and insurance with higher premiums compared to what the truck driver has. The trucking company might have been cutting corners, bought defective equipment, allowed vehicles to be used when they were clearly in poor condition, and caused all sorts of other problems. In these cases, it might be possible to recover damages from the trucking company.
Holding the At-Fault Parties Responsible
if you want to hold the at-fault parties responsible for their actions, then your first step is to contact a personal injury attorney. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can go over the basics to determine who was at fault and then file a case if applicable. If we do this, then it will be on a contingency basis that assures you do not owe us money until we win your case.
Do not let the at-fault party get away without being held responsible. Call us now to get started with a free consultation.