Kansas City Missouri Legal Blog

Who is to blame for trucking accidents?

It is a wonder that trucking accidents happen as seldom as they do, considering the status Missouri holds as a crossroads of America. Sustaining injury— or worse— from a truck accident makes you more than unlucky. It makes you a victim of a troubling upward trend of motor vehicle accidents. However, even if you might easily identify yourself as the injured party, the question remains as to who is at fault.

There is, as you might expect, rarely an easy answer available when it comes to deciding who is to blame for trucking accidents. Your safety was likely compromised by a range of individuals and institutions that span from the obvious culprits, such as the driver or the owners of the truck, to the obscure, such as driving instructors or national trucking companies.

Along with the parties involved, there are also many different types of fault associated with most any trucking accident you might encounter. Please feel free to check our trucking accident resource section, which lists some of the common types of errors that might lead to these incidents:

  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Loading or securing cargo improperly
  • Poor driver supervision

In addition to all of these complexities, there are a number of restrictions under which commercial drivers must operate: restrictions designed by the legislature to keep you and other drivers safe from harm. You are able to access these rules as easily as professional truckers: The Missouri Department of Transportation trucker’s guide contains limits on driving hours and prescribed equipment allowed for certain drivers.

Trucking guides and regulations might not be enough to prevent you from becoming involved in a crash. However, they would typically form the legal framework for assigning blame to the parties responsible for causing you harm. Please do not treat this educational information as legal advice.

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