Jan 10, 2019
Imagine this: You’re driving on the highway on a downhill and approach
a situation where there is significant traffic. You slow down and come
to a stop. Suddenly, you look into your rear-view mirror and see a large
commercial truck approaching at a high rate of speed.
They don’t stop when they’re supposed to and they collide into
you full force.
It’s quick to look at the truck driver as the negligent individual.
However, did you know that there may be other situations involved where
a third party may be liable for the injuries sustained? Here are some
individuals aside from the truck driver or company who may be accountable.
Drivers are responsible for getting the items from one location to another,
but they don’t typically load the truck themselves. The person responsible
for loading the trailer must ensure they’re following proper regulations
regarding weight and even weight distribution.
When it’s not loaded correctly, the driver may lose control, be unable
to stop, or flip the trailer onto its side, causing serious injuries.
The parts on a truck are expected to hold up to significant strain. This
means they must be properly designed and manufactured, as well as inspected
before they are put on a truck. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always
help and issues may arise.
Defective parts can make it difficult for drivers to stop their truck,
such as brake failure or if the trailer becomes loose from the truck.