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Who May Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident in Illinois?

If you were involved in a truck accident, your life may suddenly feel uncertain. Once the initial chaos has settled, you’re left with emotional and physical wounds that can affect you for the rest of your life. There are other elements to settling a truck accident beyond the degree of harm. Determining who is liable for the accident is key to pursuing your entitled compensation, yet doing so is often complex due to the many factors influencing the case. Our truck accident attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group provide an in-depth assessment of your specific situation at a consultation. 

What Is Liability In a Truck Accident?

Liability is a legal term referring to someone being responsible for something. Attorneys use several different theories of liability to determine fault, and in the case of a truck accident, they analyze which party is at fault for the accident. 

The party that is found to be at fault will be responsible for paying damages to the injured party in the form of monetary compensation. This compensation will cover hospital bills, property damage, emotional suffering and other damages relevant to the case. 

Parties Who May Be Liable For a Truck Accident

Commercial trucking accidents involve a network of parties whose actions all impact each other. For instance, the truck driver operates under an employee, and a manufacturer created the vehicle itself. In Illinois, there are several parties who may be held liable: 

  • Truck Driver. Truck drivers may be liable for an accident if they’re found to have been driving recklessly at the time that the accident occurred. Accidents are often the result of speeding, aggressive driving, operating the vehicle while impaired and many other unsafe actions. Trucking companies are typically held liable for an accident, but such does not always apply to independent contractors. 
  • Trucking Company. Trucking companies are usually liable for their employee’s actions. Negligent actions may contribute to a crash, such as failing to properly maintain the vehicle.  
  • Manufacturer. Defects in the vehicle itself can cause an accident. If this is the case, the vehicle part distributor or manufacturer may be responsible for damages that happened due to the defective part. 
  • Cargo Loader. Semi-trucks carry many heavy, bulky items. If the cargo isn’t properly loaded or secured, the shifting weight can lead to an accident. The party who was responsible for loading or shipping the cargo could therefore fall liable. 
  • A Different Third Party. Certain third parties may be liable for an accident. A few examples include third-party drivers and those who are responsible for maintaining roads. 

Talk to an Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer About Your Situation

In the aftermath of a truck accident, you deserve clarity. The injuries and damage of a truck accident are often severe, impacting those involved for a lifetime. Fortunately, seeking compensation is possible with the help of a truck accident attorney at The Horwitz Law Group. We offer advice for your specific situation at an initial consultation, and we can explain what liability means for your case. Call today to schedule an appointment.



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