Situated on the Ohio River, Evansville is an important shipping city for the state. Tons of cargo leave and enter the state each and every day along the Ohio River border.
However, this is not the only means of cargo transportation in Indiana. Once the goods arrive at port, they have to be transported throughout the state. Also, the goods from manufacturers across Indiana have to be transported to port to be shipped around the country.
This is where semi trucks come in. They play a vital role in the dispersion of goods even in large port cities like Evansville.
Being such an important factor in transportation, many semi trucks travel in and out of Evansville every day. Unfortunately, this heavy traffic results in semi accidents, and due to their large size, these big rig accidents often result in devastating injuries.
Who can be held responsible for your injuries after an Evansville semi truck accident? You may have a few options.
The Truck Driver
The most obvious person who might be responsible for your semi truck accident is the truck driver himself. If the truck driver broke any laws, you’ll probably seek compensation from their insurance company. For example, if the truck driver was texting or drinking while driving or didn’t adhere to the Hours of Service regulations, you can hold them responsible for the accident.
However, many truck drivers get into semi truck accidents through no fault of their own. They could have been driving perfectly and following every law and still gotten into an accident. If you’re not at fault either, who else can you hold responsible? What else could have caused your accident?
The Truck Manufacturer
Something could have been wrong with the vehicle itself that caused the accident. Maybe the brakes were faulty or the steering wheel was stuck.
Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to make their trucks meet specific standards. If the truck malfunctioned due to the trucking company’s negligence, you may be able to hold them responsible for your accident.
The Company That Loaded the Truck
If a semi truck is loaded improperly, its cargo may move around during the trip. Sliding cargo may throw weight to one side of the trailer, leaving the truck unbalanced and prone to tip over.
It’s a good idea to look into how the truck was loaded if you were injured because a semi truck tipped over. The company that loaded the truck may be held responsible for your injuries.
The Company That Maintains the Truck
Everything degrades over time, and trucks are no exception. Such massive vehicles need constant maintenance to ensure that they run at peak performance and adhere to safety standards.
The company that maintains the truck may be different than the trucking company or the company that loads it. If you were injured in a semi truck accident because parts of the truck were not maintained correctly, you may be able to seek compensation from this other company.
The Trucking Company
In all of these scenarios, you may also be able to hold the trucking company responsible for your injuries. They’re the ones who employ truck drivers, choose the trucking manufacturer, and hire companies to load and maintain the truck. You may be able to argue that they were negligent if they knew these drivers, companies, or manufacturers weren’t qualified and still hired them anyway.
The trucking company itself might also be negligent if it encourages or incentivizes truckers to ignore the Hours of Service regulations.
Help from an Evansville Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in an Evansville semi accident, don’t think you have to handle the situation on your own. Often these trucks are part of larger companies who utilize powerful insurance companies. These companies will do what they can to minimize the payout to those injured. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Evansville truck accident attorney at Hensley Legal Group.
Hensley Legal Group has helped others just like you who have been injured in a semi truck accident. We are committed to client satisfaction and operate on a 12-Part Client Service Guarantee. We also work on a contingency fee basis which means you only pay us if you get paid. There is nothing to lose. Call us today or contact us online for a free consultation.