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Can I Sue More Than One Party After A Truck Accident In Louisiana?

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Potentially, depending on your situation. Because trucks are often commercial vehicles, several parties could potentially be at fault for the negligence that caused the accident. For example, if a truck wasn’t serviced properly, which led to part malfunctioning, both the company that serviced the truck and the owner of the truck may potentially be liable. Similarly, if the truck driver was speeding or ran a red light, which caused the accident, only the driver may be liable.

A personal injury attorney with experience handling truck accident cases can help determine who is at fault in your situation and what may have contributed to negligence leading to the accident.

Who May Be At Fault After An Accident?

Unlike cars, trucks are often handled by many different parties, and a variety of people could be responsible for neglect. Some examples of potentially negligent parties include:

  • The owner of the vehicle
  • The driver of the vehicle
  • The company that manufactures parts for the vehicle
  • The company that services the vehicle
  • The people who loaded the vehicle
  • Others who interacted with the vehicle before an accident occurred

Sometimes, determining who is at fault is more difficult than it may seem. Many trucking companies require their employees to drive long hours, and if an exhausted employee falls asleep at the wheel, the driver himself may not be the only responsible party. An accident may also be caused by how a truck was loaded. If the cargo was unbalanced, it could cause a cargo spill, rollover or a similar accident.

You may not know exactly what caused an accident after it occurred, and it’s easy to dismiss important evidence, not knowing how much it could matter. An experienced attorney will know what details to look for after a truck crash and how to determine who is at fault.

Determining What Evidence Is Important To Your Case

Because there are so many factors involved in an 18-wheeler accident, there many pieces of evidence taken into consideration when looking for negligence. Oftentimes, the driver’s logbook is a good place to start because it can help determine if the driver was too tired to be driving safely. Another good source of information can be other witnesses to the accident. Especially if they, themselves, weren’t involved in the accident, they can help give a different perspective to what happened. The truck manufacturer or the company that manufactures parts or services the vehicle can also provide important clues if a piece of the vehicle failed.

Many trucking companies have teams of lawyers paid to defend their cases, so it’s important to be prepared with evidence to support your position. If more than one party is negligent, the case becomes even more difficult to defend. Speak with an attorney about the details of your situation to determine who may be liable and how to move forward with a lawsuit.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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