Multiple defendants may be to blame for a truck accident

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2018 | Personal Injury |

A civil lawsuit between two Kentucky residents may be a relatively straightforward matter. If one party alleges that the other caused an accident and that the victim suffered injuries, the matter will likely resolve with either the plaintiff obtaining financial recompense for their losses or the defendant winning and avoiding civil liability.

However, when a commercial vehicle or delivery truck is involved in a crash, the assignment of liability and blame can be a little bit more complicated. For example, consider a large truck driven by a driver who is employed by a retail company. If that truck is involved in a crash, the driver of the truck may be sued by the victims for their losses, as well as the company that employed the driver and put them and their rig on the road.

An employer can be held liable for the bad acts of their employee when the employee is performing the duties of their work. In this scenario, if the driver was working for the employer when the accident occurred, liability may extend up to that employer. However, if the driver was not employed as an employee of the retail company but rather as an independent contractor, then liability for the crash may stop with them.

Possible defendants in truck accident cases can include drivers and employers as discussed herein but may also reach insurers, trucking companies and contractors if they played a role in putting the dangerous truck and driver into operation. To determine who to sue in a truck accident case, victims of these collisions are reminded to seek individual legal advice from trusted personal injury attorneys.

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