Who can be sued in a trucking accident lawsuit?
Generally, the truck driver’s employer or the trucking company’s proprietor will be held accountable for the actions of their employee. When an employer is held responsible for an employee’s negligence or misbehavior, it is known as vicarious liability theory or imputed negligence theory. As long as the driver was doing their job and was following company standard, and taking reasonable safety precautions, the company will almost always be held accountable, i.e., the entity being sued. However, some limitations may be applicable. For example, if the truck driver was using the company vehicle without permission, outside of business hours, the driver individually will be held accountable, not the company. Too, the truck driver may carry their insurance policy that you can also make a claim again. The right party must be summoned and held responsible. An experienced attorney will help you look at your case and make the right decisions.
What damages can be recovered in a truck accident lawsuit?
At Utah Personal Injury Law, we relentlessly fight to help our clients recover all of their damages. Whatever damages you have suffered, whether they are mental, emotional, physical, or financial, we will make it our duty to recover for you. This means:
- Medical bills
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering
- Lost Job / Time off Work
- Out of Pocket Expenses
- Property Damage
- Future medical treatment
- Future pain and suffering
The list can go on to include virtually any damage you have suffered due to the negligence of another. Remember that you and your attorney are a team, and only together can you properly assess and demand all reparations for damages caused to you.
Is there any information I should get to support a potential claim?
The more information you can gather for your attorney, the more effectively and efficiently your case can be handled. Gathering information includes compiling a list of potential witnesses to the accident, obtaining a police report, keeping a detailed journal, going to a doctor to get your treatment documented and handled, and keeping track of your healing process. To make a case, you need as much evidence as possible.
Again, this is just a quick, helpful guide to the common questions you may encounter during your case’s development and progression. Remember, during your time of need, you can never get enough help. There is no substitute for an experienced and professional attorney in terms of financial recovery from your trucking accident. For top-notch results in your trucking accident, trucking crash, or trucking collision, contact a Utah 18 Wheeler Personal Injury Attorney today.