The injuries following a truck accident can be nothing short of overwhelming. If you’re in a position where you’re struggling with the physical and emotional pain and suffering of truck accident injuries, as well as the very real financial ramifications brought on by unexpected medical expenses and lost wages, then you’re probably wondering what the future has in store for you. Fortunately, by taking legal action you might be able to find accountability and recover the compensation that you need to further your recovery.
Is suing a negligent trucker enough?
Probably not. The damages that you’ve suffered are likely quite extensive, which means that an individual making a modest salary probably doesn’t have the resources necessary to fully pay a judgment against him or her. You should still pursue legal action against a negligent trucker who caused you harm, but you also need to consider filing a claim against his or her employer, too.
The basics of vicarious liability
Vicarious liability is the legal theory whereby an employer can be held responsible for the negligent actions of its employee. This rule certainly applies in the truck accident context where the driver was on the clock and performing his or her job duties at the time of the wreck in question. So, by pursuing a vicarious liability lawsuit against a truck company, you increase your chances of being able to recover the full extent of your damages. Just be prepared for the truck company to argue that the trucker was operating outside the scope of his employment or that you are to blame for the crash.
Build a strong claim from the ground up
A lot of people think that personal injury lawsuits are straightforward. Some of them are, but a lot of them are actually pretty complicated. That’s why if you want to protect your interests you need to build strong legal arguments from the get-go that have a solid foundation on the law and the facts at hand. Only then can you maximize your chances of achieving the outcome you desire. So, if you want some accountability and compensation for your losses, then you might want to speak with a legal professional who is experienced in taking the fight directly to truck companies.