Assigning Liability For An Accident
At MG Law, we start a case by trying to figure out what happened. Often, there are two motorists who were involved in the crash, and we need to identify which one is at fault for the accident. Fault can take many forms, such as violating a traffic rule or simply being careless.
In many cases, any of the following could be at fault for the accident:
- A truck driver. This person could have driven recklessly or made some other traffic error, such as failing to yield or not using their mirrors properly. If the driver is to blame, we need to figure out if he caused the accident while in the normal course of employment.
- The company that owns the truck. The owner could be different than the driver. A company could let an employee use a commercial truck as a company vehicle. The company could be at fault for various reasons. For example, it might not have had the truck properly serviced. Businesses can also be vicariously liable when their employees injure someone in the normal course of employment.
- The truck manufacturer. Some defects in the truck’s design or manufacture could make it dangerous. Trucks and component parts are recalled all the time when manufacturers realize that they do not work as anticipated.
There may be other responsible parties, but this is a good list to start. We fully canvass the record to determine who is to blame and, in some cases, sue more than one party for your injuries. Often, by adding more defendants, we can increase the chances of a full financial recovery.
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