With busy highways crossing through Wilmington such as U.S. Route 117, 76, and 74, the city is a major thoroughfare for commercial trucks. Since so many people share the roads with these vehicles that are much bigger and heavier, we’d like to think that these trucks are maintained in the safest way possible. Unfortunately, that’s not always true.
When a truck accident occurs, the truck driver or the trucking company may be held responsible for failing to maintain their equipment if it caused the accident.
There are many common mechanical issues that can arise in trucks. It is the responsibility of the truck driver and the trucking company to ensure these issues are never a problem for others on the road.
When a truck driver or trucking company does not take proper care of their trucks and all of their equipment, they can be considered negligent for failing to do so. When that is the case, a personal injury claim can be filed for any injuries that negligence may have caused. The person or people considered “negligent” will depend on the specific situation, and whether the trucking company is responsible for looking after the underlying issue, or the truck driver is.
In other cases, it may be neither the fault of the truck driver or the trucking company. These individuals may do everything they can to take proper care of their trucks, but may be using defective products to do so. If a defect causes an accident, it’s the manufacturer of the defective part, such as brakes or tires, who is responsible.
Because there are so many different parties involved in a trucking accident, and because the injuries are so severe, filing a personal injury claim can become very complicated.
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