Car Accidents with Commercial Vehicles
Car accidents involving commercial vehicles are more complicated than those involving traditional passenger vehicles. This is because commercial vehicles are owned, leased, or operated by companies for business purposes. As such, there are multiple parties involved in commercial vehicles’ operation and maintenance and therefore, multiple parties that may be held liable in the event of an accident.
Learn more about liability in commercial vehicle accidents so you know how to protect your rights.
Liability in Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Commercial vehicles include those that are used to transport goods or services for a business. Examples of commercial vehicles include most trucks, school buses, public transportation buses and trains, taxis, limousines, and more.
Since these vehicles are involved in business operations, many different parties have a hand in the vehicles’ operation and maintenance. With commercial trucks, for example, the truck driver, the trucking company, and the cargo loaders may be held liable in the event of an accident.
The truck driver: If the truck driver deliberately violated federal hours-of-service regulations or drove while drunk or distracted, and this negligence led to an accident, the truck driver may be held responsible for damages.
The trucking company: If the trucking company did not schedule maintenance appointments for its fleet, or if it hired a driver that should not have been on the road due to driving infractions, and this negligence led to an accident, the trucking company may be held liable.
The cargo loaders: Trucks’ cargo must be loaded evenly in order to prevent weight shift and subsequent loss of control. If the cargo loaders were negligent in this responsibility, they may be held liable for any accident that resulted.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, our Kansas City personal injury attorneys can sort through issues of liability while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Contact DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to learn how we can assist you.