The average car accident case only involves two parties: the driver of the other car and yourself. However, if you have been in a car accident with a large commercial truck, the number of potential people or companies involved is more complicated.
In fact, if you file a personal injury lawsuit for injuries you sustained in an accident with a truck, your suit may involve one or more of the following parties:
Driver of the Truck
If the driver of the truck is at fault for your accident, they will almost always be a party to your personal injury case. Yet, like many individuals, the trucker likely does not own a large sum of money or liquid assets that can be used to cover the cost(s) of your injuries. Consequently, the truck driver's insurance company will probably be required to pay a large portion of your damages.
Most if not all truck drivers own their own business or work for a larger trucking company. It is possible that the company itself may be liable for some or all of your damages. If the trucking company disobeyed federal and/or state rules by forcing a truck driver to drive too many hours, or if the company did not educate its truckers properly, the company will likely also share in the liability for paying your damages.
Companies That Maintain The Trucks
Consistent maintenance is crucial when it comes to large semi-trucks and trailers. Often times, truck companies hire a specific maintenance service, or have contractual relationships with mechanics, auto part distributors, and other professionals to ensure that trucks are maintained properly. If your trucking accident was due to a mechanical issue with the truck or something like faulty brakes, the person or company responsible for maintaining the truck may also be liable for your accident.
There may also be other parties involved in your truck accident lawsuit. Almost every aspect or department of a trucking company will carry insurance due to the inherently dangerous nature of the business. These insurance companies may also be named in your lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a collision with a truck, it is critical to pursue all available means for obtaining the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal understand the complexities involved in these types of cases, and are here to help you pursue justice and receive damages from all entities that may be liable for your accident.
Before you negotiate with anyone or any company involved in your accident or accept an offer to settle, schedule a free consultation with a qualified attorney at The Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal today by calling (303) 825-2223.