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The large size and extreme weight of commercial trucks make them a considerable threat to public safety, especially when trucking companies and drivers act negligently. When victims have been harmed in preventable trucking wrecks, or families lose loved ones due to the negligence of trucking operators and their employees, they have a right to seek compensation for their damages.
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, or have lost a loved one, we at Cannon & Dunphy S.C. can guide you through the personal injury and wrongful death claim process. Our Wisconsin truck accident attorneys have successfully represented victims of negligence throughout the state, and have recovered over $1 billion in judgments and paid settlements since 1985.
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
There are a number of professionals involved in making sure cargo hauled across U.S. roadways does not pose unreasonable risks to the public. Although there are numerous state and federal regulations surrounding the trucking and transportation industry intended to reduce those risks, negligence can place everyone on the road in danger.
Depending on the circumstances involved, several parties may be held liable for trucking accidents:
- The Driver – If intoxicated, improperly rested, reckless, or in direct violation of traffic laws, drivers of commercial trucks can cause preventable accidents. Truckers have a legal duty to operate their vehicles safely and to abide by trucking regulations, and they can be held liable when they fail to uphold that duty.
- The Trucking Company – Trucking companies can be held liable if they failed to properly screen drivers before hiring or when they fail to comply with numerous safety regulations, including those involving drug and alcohol testing of drivers, cargo securement, vehicle maintenance, and more.
- Manufacturers – Auto parts that are negligently designed or manufactured substantially increase the risks for accidents, which is why manufacturers have an obligation to ensure the safety of their products, including tires, brakes, and other critical vehicle components. When products fail due to negligence, manufacturers can potentially be liable for damages suffered by victims.
- Third Parties – In some cases, trucking companies contract with third parties for needed services, including vehicle maintenance and cargo loading. Based on the services provided, these third party companies need to abide by regulations, employ properly certified professionals, and take reasonable measures in ensuring the safety of vehicles and the goods they transport.
When it comes to determining fault and liability in truck accidents, it is important to note that trucking operators are ultimately responsible for their employees. This means victims can often hold trucking companies liable for their damages when harmed by negligent drivers. Because cases are always unique, it is important to investigate all circumstances surrounding the cause of a crash and the relationship between truckers and the companies they work for. With the facts secured, proven lawyers like those at our firm can work toward securing full and fair recoveries from the at-fault party.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation closely tracks crash statistics throughout the state,and publishes these figures on its site. You can see the full range of statistics here.
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If you have been hurt in a commercial truck accident you believe was not your fault, the best thing you can do right now for your future – and that of your family – is to see to it that you are compensated for the losses you have suffered. Our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers have helped numerous clients after preventable tragedies, and we are prepared to make the difference for you.
Interested in scheduling an initial consultation with a member of our firm? Call us at (855) 570-2676.