Regular motorists across Kentucky typically don't have intimate knowledge of the various regulations and laws that govern the commercial trucking industry. After all, people who are not going to drive tractor-trailers are not required to comply with industry-specific guidelines and rules.
However, people in the trucking industry should not only know about these regulations, they are expected to comply with them as well. Unfortunately, there are too many times when various parties fail to comply with regulations, which can lead to a catastrophic accident.
Drivers are expected to use caution on the roads. This includes obeying traffic laws, securing proper licenses, paying attention and avoiding distraction, refraining from use of drugs or alcohol, and acting in a manner that does not put other motorists in danger. Failure to do these things can result in a crash for which a trucker would be liable.
Trucking companies and employers
People who hire drivers to operate commercial vehicles and transport cargo have a responsibility to hire safe, competent drivers and then supervise them appropriately. Trucking companies and employers can therefore be liable for damages if they hire unsafe drivers, do not inspect or maintain trucks, allow drivers to violate trucking regulations, or transport hazardous materials without following hazmat precautions.
Truck manufacturers and maintenance workers
The people who build or repair trucks should be using proper materials and performing the expected work to ensure a truck is safe and free from defects. Parties who do not do this can be named in a lawsuit if a part or truck they built or repaired was involved in a crash.
Identifying these and other liable parties
It is legally complex to assign liability, especially when there are multiple parties who did or did not do something that contributed to an accident. Thankfully, you don't need to figure this out on your own.
An attorney familiar with truck accidents and liability laws can help you identify and name the appropriate parties for a personal injury claim. Making sure you identify every liable party can help you maximize the compensation you stand to receive and reveal possible systemic problems that threaten the safety of others.