A negligent driver, carrier, truck manufacturer, and a government agency or contractor are some of the potentially liable parties in Uber Freight accidents. A rigorous investigation is required in most Uber Freight accidents to determine what took place and why. A comprehensive analysis of the evidence may demonstrate that multiple parties are liable for the accident.
Potentially Liable Parties in an Uber Freight Accident
An Uber Freight accident may occur due to a driver’s negligent actions like speeding, drunk driving, fatigued driving, or distracted driving. In such a situation, the negligent driver could be legally responsible for the damages. On top of financial responsibility, the negligent driver could also face criminal charges.
A carrier is liable for the trucks and truck drivers it hires. This liability includes recruiting and training practices, which could be an issue if the carrier hires drivers with a history of violating FMCSA rules or company records fail to show adequate training. Records may sometimes show that the carrier compels workers to save money by taking shortcuts on truck inspection and maintenance guidelines and exceeding hours of service (HOS) limits set by the FMCSA.
Some Uber Freight accidents may happen due to the malfunctioning of the truck or one of its parts, including brake failures, tire blowouts, steering issues, or coupling system problems. If there was a defect in the malfunctioned part or system from the beginning, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Local or State Government and Contractors
A road hazard like cracked pavement or a soft shoulder can also cause an Uber Freight accident. In this case, the local or state government in charge of that part of the roadway may be held liable. If work done by a contractor causes an accident, the contractor may be held legally responsible.
What if Several Parties Contributed to the Uber Freight Accident?
A victim of an Uber Freight accident that involves multiple liable parties can recover compensation for his or her damages through multiple claims. A truck accident lawyer can investigate the accident and bring injury claims against all liable parties, including the negligent driver, carrier, truck manufacturer, or local or state government, and other third parties. The lawyer can also ensure Nevada comparative fault laws are applied fairly to help the accident victim obtain maximum compensation.