When involved in a car accident or truck accident, a person’s first instinct is to blame the driver of the other vehicle. While a person may be spot on that fault lies totally or partially with the driver of the other vehicle, there could be more to the story.
The truck company which employs the truck driver could be liable for a number of reasons. For one, employers are usually legally responsible for the negligence of their employees. Moreover, trucking companies and otherwise in the shipping industry themselves are obligated to operate in accordance with laws and other standards that can mean that liability falls partially or totally with the transportation company, even if the driver was not an employee.
Fault in truck accident injuries does not necessarily reside solely on one party. There could easily be two or more parties that share percentages of blame. Determining the amount a person or party is liable for injuries will determine what damages that person or party is responsible for compensating the injured. Oftentimes, the negligent party’s insurance comes in to play for the actual damages.
Whatever the specifics of your own or a loved one’s truck accident injury, realize that there can be more than initially meets the eye. A full investigation can help to turn up more clues as to fault and who’s to blame. These situations can be so hard and the unexpected nature of them can leave people feeling confused and unprepared. Know that there is a path to take in which damages can be sought.