Who Are Potential Liable Parties In An Accident Involving A Large Semi-Truck Or Commercial Vehicle?
When it comes to potential liable parties in an accident, it’s a bit difficult to sort through who exactly owns the truck and who is responsible for the truck. To be on the safe side, we would generally include anybody that we think might be responsible in a claim. We are comfortable doing that because if our net is too big, we can just let out parties who are not responsible. We’re happy to do that. We’re not looking to sue people who are not responsible. However, if we don’t have the right parties or all the parties, it’s a little more complicated to add them later. That does not mean it can’t be done, but it’s better to try to start big and let people out than start too small and have to get people in.
Should I Ever Bring Suit Against The Driver Of The Vehicle Separately From The Company? Does That Ever Make Sense?
The driver involved in the accident should not be sued separate from the company. When we start a lawsuit, we sue the driver and the owner. Often, they’re the same party. With trucks, it’s more complicated because the owner is not always clear. The truck could be owned by the driver, company, or someone else. Again, we cast the net as wide as possible and sort it out later. In terms of going after the driver separately, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. We would include the driver because they are responsible. The driver is the person who was driving and presumably negligent. Therefore, I would not separate the driver from the truck ownership chain.
Tell Me About The Complexity Of These Trucking Accident Cases. Why Do I Need An Attorney Who Is Experienced In General Personal Injury Law, Auto Accident Cases, And Specifically, Trucking Accident Cases?
It’s important to have an experienced attorney when it comes to general personal injury law, auto accidents, and trucking accidents. Frankly, it is essential to hire an attorney who is seasoned in truck cases because those cases are usually very complex. It’s not always clear who owns the truck. It’s not always clear which state they’re registered in. The injuries are typically very serious. There are a lot more moving parts when it’s a truck claim than an auto claim. It might be important for an attorney to hire an expert to recreate the accident scene or work with a private investigator to find out information. Since truck cases are often more serious and complex, it makes more sense to hire someone who knows what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
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