Being injured as a result of a truck accident can change your life. You might not be able to return to work or school. Maybe you lost a loved one in the accident. Maybe you suffered very minor physical injuries, but you now have a fear of driving. All of these situations are possible. Here are the possible defendants you could face in a truck accident lawsuit.
If you are looking to collect compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a truck accident, it’s in your best interest to find as many defendants as possible. This increases your chances of collecting the amount of money you deem fit for your injuries. You might think that the only possible defendant in such a lawsuit is the driver, but you’d be surprised to know that this is not always the case. There are instances where you could possibly be compensated by employers, insurance companies, contractors and trucking companies.
If you are able to establish a relationship of employment between the driver of the truck and a company, it’s quite possible that the company can also be held liable for the accident. Your attorney will be required to prove that the company had control of the driver and that the driver was involved in the accident when performing the scope of his or her employment.
You can run into some problems if your accident involved a truck driver that works as an independent contractor for a company. If your case involves this issue, the result will come down to how much control the company had over the driver.
Fighting for your rights alone after a truck accident is not a good idea. An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to answer your questions, prepare your case and guide you in the right direction in Jefferson.
Source: Findlaw, “Truck Accident Overview,” accessed Sep. 28, 2017