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Proving Liability in Truck Accident Lawsuits

Truck accidents can have a lifetime of consequences, and if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicle, it is critical that you stand up for your legal rights. To do so, you will need the help of a team of experienced attorneys and legal professionals who can determine the cause of the accident and establish liability. Truck accident cases can be extremely complex, and at West Coast Trial Lawyers, our goal in every case is to identify all of the responsible parties so that we can recover maximum compensation for our client’s losses.

While numerous parties can potentially be liable for truck accident victims’ injuries and losses, in most cases, proving liability involves one (or both) of two legal theories: negligence and strict liability.

1. Negligence in Truck Accident Compensation Claims

The first, and by far the most common, way to establish liability in a truck accident lawsuit is to prove that a person’s or company’s negligence is to blame for the collision. Trucking companies, truck drivers and others all owe a legal duty to avoid creating dangerous situations on California’s roads, and when they make mistakes that lead to accidents, the law entitles victims to seek compensation. Common examples of trucking company and truck driver negligence include:

  • Distracted driving (including texting, talking on the phone and reading behind the wheel)
  • Driving drowsy or fatigued
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to conduct necessary truck maintenance
  • Hiring unqualified and inexperienced drivers
  • Loading truck cargo improperly
  • Logging too many hours behind the wheel

Of course, truckers and trucking companies are not the only ones who cause truck accidents. Other drivers, maintenance and repair shops, and even the government entities responsible for maintaining the roads, can all potentially be held liable for negligence in truck accident cases as well.

2. Strict Liability in Truck Accident Compensation Claims

The second theory of liability in truck accident cases is “strict liability.” Under California’s strict liability law, product designers, product manufacturers and any other companies involved in the “chain of distribution” can all be held liable when a defective product leads to a truck-involved collision. In strict liability cases, negligence is not a factor – these companies can be held liable regardless of whether they made a mistake that contributed to the accident. In truck accident cases, strict liability claims may be based upon:

  • Defective accelerator pedals
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective brake lights
  • Defective cargo ties or straps
  • Defective engine or transmission components
  • Defective tires

Keep in mind, these are just examples. If any defective part or component causes (or even contributes to causing) a truck accident, victims will typically have several potential sources from which they can seek compensation for their losses.

Contact a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer Today

With nine offices throughout California, West Coast Trial Lawyers represents truck accident victims and their families statewide. Our attorneys have represented thousands of clients, recovering in excess of $1 billion for their losses.* To learn more about your rights after a truck accident in Los Angeles, call (213) 927-3700 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

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