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Who is liable for damages from truck accidents?

Truck accidents are different from other types of motor vehicle accidents in that liability may lie with multiple entities. Because of the serious nature of truck accidents involving small, more vulnerable vehicles, truckers and trucking companies have a special responsibility to practice caution. When accidents do happen in West Virginia, it is possible that both the driver and the trucking company are liable for the damages.

Truck accident cases tend to be complex. Trucking companies and insurance providers often push back against injury claims filed by motorists, claiming that the injured parties are solely or partially responsible for the accidents. It is important for victims to work with legal teams that know how to investigate truck accidents and identify the parties that should be held accountable.

There are many reasons for truck accidents, including driver fatigue, poorly loaded cargo, bad tires, poor vehicle maintenance or driver errors. A complete evaluation of an accident can determine if any of these reasons or others are the cause. In fact, it is entirely possible that multiple parties are liable in an accident.

When victims are unsure of their legal options after accidents or if they are offered settlements by the trucking companies' insurance providers, it is wise to seek help from knowledgeable attorneys. Trucking companies and their drivers are often responsible for truck accidents, but it takes a skilled team to effectively hold them accountable. West Virginia truck accident victims should act quickly to protect their rights and take steps to seek any compensation they may be owed for injuries and other damages.

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