If I am The Victim of a Trucking Accident, Who Do I File a Claim Against?\u00a0\r\nBeing the victim of a trucking accident can be the most frightening and traumatic experience of your life. As a survivor, you\u2019re likely dealing with painful personal injuries, expensive hospital bills, and confusion as to who will pay for your damages. An 18-wheeler accident lawyer can be your best friend in the difficult aftermath of a crash.\r\n\r\nAn accident lawyer can answer your most pressing questions and start the ball rolling on a Personal Injury lawsuit in Florida. Securing compensation for your losses starts with one important question \u2013 who do you sue?\r\n\u00a0The Truck Driver\r\nAccording to\u00a0recent large truck crash data, driver error accounted for 87% of accidents. Poor driver decision-making was the main reason with 38%, followed by lack of driver recognition (28%), driver non-performance (12%), and driver performance (9%).\r\n\r\n \tDriver decision-making errors include speeding, misjudging the speed of other vehicles, and following too closely.\r\n \tDriver recognition describes an inattentive or distracted driver.\r\n \tNon-performance involves the driver falling asleep or being otherwise physically impaired.\r\n \tWhile performance represents situations such as the driver panicking or losing control of the vehicle.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe majority of truck drivers are independent contractors, meaning they technically work for themselves. In the past, trucking companies often avoided liability for accidents drivers caused since the drivers were not employees of the trucking company.\r\n\r\nA few years ago, however, the federal government changed the rules to make trucking companies liable for crashes that involve their drivers and vehicles, even if they don\u2019t own the truck or employ the driver. While there are exceptions, in most cases the trucking company will be liable for driver errors.\r\nThe Trucking Company\r\nTrucking companies are common defendants in 18-wheeler accident lawsuits. The trucking company could be liable for a crash if it is guilty of negligence that contributed to the accident.\r\n\r\nCommon types of company negligence include:\r\n\r\n \tFailing to properly inspect vehicles,\r\n \tFailing to maintain or repair the fleet,\r\n \tImproperly hiring or training drivers, or\r\n \tPressuring drivers to meet deadlines through unsafe means.\r\n\r\nThe company could also be vicariously liable for the actions of its drivers, cargo loaders, fleet maintenance crews, and other staff members. The liability of a trucking company depends on the established relationships between the at-fault party and the company. If the truck driver was off-duty at the time of the crash, the company may escape liability. Working with an 18-wheeler accident lawyer is the best way to determine the fault and liability of a trucking company after a devastating crash.\r\n\r\n\r\nManufacturing or Distributing Company\r\nManufacturing companies in charge of creating the truck or its parts often share fault for accidents. Manufacturers must obey specific standards of safety and care when designing and producing consumer goods. If a company releases a product that is defective or inherently dangerous, it could face liability regardless of the question of negligence.\r\n\r\nStrict liability laws apply to most product-related claims in Florida. You may have a claim against a manufacturer or distributor if a defective truck part caused or contributed to your injuries.\r\nThe Government\r\nSometimes, hazardous roadway conditions cause trucking accidents. Inadequate street lighting, malfunctioning traffic lights, roadway defects such as potholes or loose gravel, and similar conditions can all cause a large truck to lose control and crash.\r\n\r\nIf a roadway defect caused your crash, you (and the truck driver) could potentially sue the city in charge of maintaining the road. It is possible to sue the government in Florida, but the rules surrounding these lawsuits are different. To maximize your compensation\u00a0in a lawsuit against the government, protect your rights with a strong, experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer.\r\n\r\n\r\nA Third Party\r\nMany different third parties can also play a role in serious trucking accidents. Vehicle passengers, other drivers on the road, shippers of hazardous goods, and truck auto repair shops are examples of third parties who may share fault for your crash. An 18-wheeler accident lawyer will investigate your accident, gather evidence such as data in the truck\u2019s black box, and use other methods to assign fault to the appropriate party or parties. Then, your truck accident lawyer can go to bat for you in front of a judge or jury, helping you prove liability and secure maximum compensation.\r\n\r\nIn Florida, truck accident victims can sue several parties at once. Learn more about your specific case by contacting the Florida 18-wheeler accident attorneys near you at Bulluck Law Group.\r\n\r\nTo learn more about truck accidents, read our Comprehensive Guide for Truck Accident Victims or to learn more about the different types of truck accident cases we cover, read our comprehensive list of truck accident cases in Florida.