A common perception about truck accidents focuses on how the truck driver caused the collision. While truck driver negligence may factor into an accident, many crashes on California roads might have nothing to do with the driver. Sometimes, both the truck driver and the occupants of other vehicles are the victims of third-party negligence.
A trucking company’s responsibility
A truck driver employed by a company may have no say in the maintenance of the vehicle. The driver might not even know what truck he or she will drive on a particular day. Unfortunately, the driver might get behind the wheel of a poorly-maintained truck. Since the driver does not know the brakes or wheels could be in bad shape, the vehicle goes out onto the road without any concerns.
An employer might not inform the driver about the truck’s condition. Therefore, deception leads the driver to travel in an unsafe vehicle. A crash might follow, possibly a fatal one. The employer might not even be the negligent party. A mechanic that performs a terrible job may be responsible for mechanical failures and resulting accidents.
Pursuing the negligent party
After an accident occurs, an investigation commences. Ultimately, a third party and not the driver could become blamed for the incident. A truck driver might play no negligent role. However, a trucking company or a service center may face credible liability claims and subsequent litigation.
Insurance settlements may address the damages. Many businesses carry commercial liability insurance, which may be adequate in such situations. That said, a lawsuit could be the preferable option, depending on the case. Suing beyond policy limits may be necessary if the losses exceed the coverage amounts. A truck accident attorney could provide insights about who might be responsible for damages.