At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Oregon truck accident attorneys know that determining responsibility for a commercial vehicle collision can be complex and often involves examining various factors. In many cases, both the truck driver and the trucking company may share responsibility, and liability may also extend to other parties.
Here are some key factors our attorneys consider when representing truck accident victims to ensure the liable party – or combination of parties – is held accountable for their negligent actions or inaction.
Can I Pursue the Truck Driver or Trucking Company for Negligently Causing a Crash with Injuries in Oregon?
Investigating a commercial truck accident involves thoroughly examining evidence, including accident reports, witness statements, driver logs, maintenance records, and any available video footage.
It is common for multiple parties to be named in insurance claims related to truck accidents. Our experienced truck accident attorneys can help determine liability by outlining the following:
- Driver Responsibility
The truck driver is typically responsible for their actions on the road. Factors like driver fatigue, distraction, impairment, or reckless driving can contribute to accidents. If the driver’s negligence or misconduct played a role in the accident, they might be liable.
- Trucking Company Responsibility
The trucking company may share responsibility for an accident, primarily if the accident resulted from factors related to the company’s operations. This could include issues such as negligent hiring practices, inadequate training, poor maintenance of the truck, or violations of safety regulations.
- Maintenance and Inspection
If the accident was caused by mechanical failure or a maintenance issue with the truck, the responsibility may fall on the trucking company for failing to maintain and inspect their vehicles properly.
- Loading and Cargo Issues
Improper loading or securing of cargo can contribute to accidents. If the accident was caused by shifting cargo or overloading, the responsibility may fall on the party responsible for loading the truck, which could be the trucking company or a third-party loader.
- Third-Party Liability
Other parties, like truck parts or equipment manufacturers, maintenance contractors, or entities responsible for road maintenance, may also share liability if their actions or negligence contributed to the accident.
- Regulatory Compliance
Both truck drivers and trucking companies must comply with federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry. Violations of these regulations can be a basis for determining liability.
- Employer-Employee Relationship
If the truck driver is an employee of the trucking company, the company may be held liable for its employees’ actions while performing job-related duties.
Contact our Truck Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman
If you have been hurt in a commercial truck accident in Oregon, contact our Multnomah County attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503)-242-1440 or online today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you navigate the complexities of the case, identify responsible parties, and pursue a legal course of action to seek compensation for damages.