Can Third Parties Be Liable for Car Accidents?

In any kind of car accident, it’s easy to point fingers at the other driver and place blame. However, there are some situations that can quickly change your perception of how the accident occurred and your ability to hold someone else accountable for your damages.

Unfortunately, not everyone recognizes the potential of a third party having a hand in causing an accident, but it can and does happen. Below, we’ll detail the various ways third parties may be liable for a crash and what your legal options are moving forward.

Dangerous Road Conditions

When dangerous road conditions exist, they can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. In many situations, liability falls on whichever entity has the responsibility of providing maintenance to the road to ensure everyone can operate safely.

Common road dangers include:

  • Potholes
  • Missing traffic signals
  • Missing stop signs
  • Covered traffic signals

Auto Manufacturer

The manufacturer who builds the automobile or the parts on a vehicle is responsible for ensuring the components they manufacture are safe for use in all situations. Whenever there is a manufacturing or design defect, it can lead to significant harm.

For instance, if a manufacturer fails to produce brakes that meet the industry standards, they can fail when installed on a vehicle. Whenever the driver of that vehicle approaches traffic and needs to use the brakes to stay safe and they fail, the end result can be devastating.

Company Vehicle

There are some situations in which you may be involved in a crash with someone who is driving a company vehicle. In these cases, you may need to file a claim against the employer’s insurance company rather than the driver’s provider. This is most often the case if the driver is on-duty when the accident occurs.

At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we work hard to help you understand liable parties and where you have rights to pursue compensation. Our North Dakota car accident attorneys investigate claims thoroughly, so you know exactly what to expect every step of the way and pursue the compensation you need from the correct party.

Call our firm at (855) 245-5100 for a free consultation.

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