Settling truck accident cases in Ohio is often a complicated feat. There are sometimes a lot more parties involved besides the truck driver. They include the following:
Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their drivers are carefully selected, trained and ready to be on the road. They also must maintain their fleet in good condition to prevent commercial vehicle accidents.
You can sue them if you can prove that:
• Their driver had a history of violations and accidents that the company failed to address.
• The company did not comply with state or federal regulations regarding truck maintenance.
• The company encouraged their drivers to exceed the legal limit of driving hours, leading to driver fatigue and causing an accident.
• The company failed to conduct proper background checks on their drivers, leading to hiring an unfit driver.
The truck manufacturer or parts maker
If a defect on the truck’s parts caused the accident, you may be able to sue the company that manufactured or supplied the faulty parts. This is known as a product liability claim. It’s important to note that this type of claim requires expert testimony and evidence to prove the defect and its role in the accident.
The loading company
Improperly loaded or secured cargo can cause a truck to lose control, resulting in a crash. In these cases, you may be able to sue the company responsible for loading the truck if you can prove that they were negligent in their loading practices.
Sometimes, other drivers on the road can also be at fault for a truck accident. For example, if a car cuts off a truck and causes it to swerve and crash, or if a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a truck, Ohio courts may hold them liable if you can prove it.
Ohio’s laws regarding truck accidents are detailed and designed to protect you, the victim. Understanding your rights is crucial to ensure that you can advocate for yourself and seek the justice you deserve. Remember, time is of the essence in such cases. The quicker you gather evidence and identify the responsible parties, the better your chances of securing fair compensation.