Huge commercial trucks are seen daily on Mississippi roads and highways. Most travel safely from one destination to another, but truck accidents occasionally happen. If you were injured in one, you have the right to file a lawsuit, but it can be challenging to know who is liable.
In many instances, the truck driver may be liable for a truck accident. When they fail to safely operate the vehicle due to fatigue, distraction or intoxication or engage in reckless driving tactics such as speeding, tailgating or ignoring road signs and signals, it could lead to disaster. Truckers are also responsible for the upkeep of their trucks and must check cargo and components to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Trucking companies are responsible for properly training and hiring drivers and complying with all rules and regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Unfortunately, some fail to do that and instead push employees to work well past their shifts and make them forgo their rest breaks. If a truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel or works while ill and has an accident, the trucking company may be liable. Sometimes, the company and the trucker are held liable.
In some cases, the cargo loader could be liable for a trucking accident. If the cargo is improperly secured or over the weight limit set by the FMCSA, it could come loose and scatter onto the road, posing danger for other drivers and their passengers.
If a trucking accident happens because of defective truck parts, a manufacturer may held be liable. Some of the most common issues with truck components involve the brakes, steering mechanism and tires.
Truck accidents can leave victims severely injured. Establishing liability and filing a lawsuit may offer some relief.