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I suffered serious injuries when a commercial truck clipped my motorcycle. The police officer at the scene said that the truck driver was clearly at fault. Who is responsible for my Wisconsin motorcycle accident injuries, the truck driver or the trucking company?

When a car hits a motorcycle, there are usually only two parties involved. In most cases, determining liability for the Wisconsin motorcycle accident is relatively simple.

When a commercial truck hits a motorcycle, it’s not so easy. There are many parties involved: the trucker, the owner of the truck, the owner of the cargo, the trucking company, and even maintenance companies. Determining what happened and who is responsible requires a working knowledge of the trucking industry and of the laws that govern the trucking industry.

Parties That May Be Liable for a Wisconsin Motorcycle-Truck Accident

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck
  • The owner of the trailer
  • The person or company that leased the truck from the owner
  • The manufacturer of the truck or of any defective parts
  • The owner of the truck’s cargo
  • The company responsible for loading the truck
  • The company responsible for maintenance of the truck

In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

(FMCSA) regulate commercial truck driving. Trucking companies and trucks must also follow state laws. These laws can determine liability.

There are cases where more than one party could be responsible for the accident. In these cases the trucking company, the driver, and the truck’s owner may argue among themselves about whose insurance should compensate the victim. While they pass the blame, the accident victim is left with serious injuries and unpaid medical bills.

If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a truck accident, you need a Green Bay motorcycle accident lawyer with experience in handling large truck accidents. He will have to understand the concerns that are unique to motorcyclists as well as trucking industry laws and regulations and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

The Green Bay motorcycle injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham are able to help victims of Wisconsin motorcycle-truck crashes. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, please call us at 800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham