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Company Says It Isn’t Responsible for Tractor-Trailer Involved in Crash. Is That Legal?

The Law & You
May 22, 2018

The Law and You

Company Says It Isn’t Responsible for Tractor-Trailer Involved in Crash. Is That Legal?

The trucking company tells a viewer that it isn’t liable for his sister’s injuries following a truck accident since the tractor-trailer is not owned by it. Is that true? Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain.

Dave Kuharchik: We got a tractor-trailer crash on the agenda tonight. It’s “The Law & You” with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Gentlemen, always a pleasure.

Ed Ciarimboli: How did you enjoy being on the Prom Pledge?

Dave: One of the best things I’ve done all year so far.

Ed: That’s awesome.

Dave: Great presentation, the kids were paying attention. So it was good to do that last week.

Ed: Thank you for doing that.

Dave: Absolutely you guys. Great message to the community as well.

Greg Fellerman: Thank you.

Dave: All right, here’s our question tonight and this is about a tractor-trailer accident. Ken in Dunmore says, “My sister was involved in a tractor-trailer crash. The name on the side of the trailer is saying they didn’t own the trailer and has no responsibility. Is this legal?” So are they getting the runaround here or is there truth to that?

Ed: Well, a little bit of both. It’s very common in the transportation industry that trailers are bought/sold, bought/sold. So the name on the trailer may not necessarily be the registered owner of the trailer at the time of the crash. So you really need to research what the province of the trailer, who had it, who bought it, who sold it, and then ultimately who owned it at the time. Because if there was something wrong with the trailer that contributed to the crash, you’re going to need to name that company in any tractor-trailer lawsuit.

Greg: And the reason you’re doing that is for coverage because there are different coverages on the tractor, the trailer. It gets a little complicated. We do a ton of this work so it’s important when these happen that you make sure there’s a police report, make sure you take pictures, make sure you reach out to an attorney ASAP because these cases move real quickly. You need to be on top of them.

Ed: You got to get the documents that detail who owned it, who sold it, otherwise you might miss somebody.

Greg: Yep.

Dave: And I know that a collection of evidence right away is important, you guys are always talking about so those that need help you can give the guys a call, check them out online and don’t forget results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Thanks, guys.

Ed: Thanks, Dave.

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