Lessons in liability and truck accidents

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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With more than 500,000 truck accidents every year, you have to know if you're in one.

As Chevy Chase in the movie "Fletch" could tell you, it's all ball bearings these days. Never was that more true than in Seattle last month when a truck hauling two-pound metal balls lost its load, sending hundreds of thousands of large ball bearings rolling down a hill and onto residential roads, damaging cars.  

But as those car owners — or anyone harmed in a trucking accident — will find out, it's not always so simple to figure out who is responsible, even when the truck caused the accident. 

The truck driver seems obvious, but the accident isn't always the driver's fault. If the truck is defective, the manufacturer would be liable. If the truck needed repairs, the owner of the truck could face liability. The owners of the cargo being shipped would be liable if the cargo was improperly attached. 

Truck accidents are often complicated, and you'll want to find an expert if you plan to file a lawsuit, or "you'll get nothing and like it."

Sorry — true fact, wrong Chevy Chase movie.