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Who do I Sue after a Truck Accident?

Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in a collision, then you are going to have a lot of questions if you sustained injuries or damage to your car, this is especially true if you have never been in a big rig accident involving a truck that may not be owned by the person driving it, or if it is owned by the person driving in, they might’ve been working.

So obviously this is going to raise questions about whom to sue after a big rig truck accident? The good news is your truck accident lawyer such as the ones available at John K Zaid & Associates are here to help.

Determining Liability

Careless truckers that cause semi truck accidents are typically found to be negligent, and negligent driving include speeding, driving while fatigued or distracted driving in distracted driving covers a whole lot of things — essentially if your hands are anywhere but the will of your car you are considered to be a distracted driver. So if the driver’s negligence caused the crash then the truck driver could be held liable for damages but most truckers are going to be employed by a company event if they are contractors to the company, which means that a lot of the actions of the truck driver are going to fall under the company’s responsibility for taking responsibility in hiring this person.

So if the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident the company could also be held responsible essentially, and your truck accident lawyer and yourself can choose to sue either the driver or the company or both for your compensation needs. It can even get a bit complicated if it is found that a part of the truck fouled or the truck was improperly maintained and that led to vehicle malfunction, because the mechanic and the parts manufacturer could be held liable depending upon the findings. You should consult with your truck accident lawyer to determine what is correct for you and your situation.

The Investigative Process

When you are looking at which party to sue, your truck accident lawyers are going to take you through the following steps listed below, and the steps are going to help both you and your lawyer to come to the conclusion of which party you need to sue.

  • You should investigate the crash scene, and build the case. Your truck accident lawyer has a lot of experience in investigating crises, reading crash reports, looking at who might’ve visited the crash site, talking to witnesses, going over relevant documents, finding out if the driver was on the clock, finding out what the company’s rules regarding various things for drivers are. 
  • Your truck accident lawyer is also extremely good at filing insurance claims as they have experience in doing that an insurance claim can be tricky. Every insurance claim that you file, the insurance company filed against is going to be looking to give you the least amount of money possible. Listen to your truck accident lawyer when they tell you whether to talk or not to talk to a company that deals with insurance, because talking and saying the wrong things can really ruin your chances of getting a good case outcome. 
  • Your truck accident lawyers, also extremely good at negotiating a settlement were taking your case to court depending on what you need and what the insurance offers.

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