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Who can be held liable for a commercial vehicle accident?

When someone is injured in a commercial vehicle accident that wasn't his or her fault, it is quite common for the victim to seek compensation. It can also be common to only think of the driver of the commercial vehicle as liable for the accident.

When a lawsuit is filed to recover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more, the defendant must be listed. However, there is often more than one defendant. For example, here are some other possible defendants in a commercial truck accident lawsuit:

-- The driver's employer

-- The driver's insurance company

-- The truck mechanics

-- Commercial vehicle part manufacturers

If you and your attorney can establish that the driver was employed by a shipping or trucking company, then the driver's negligence may fall back on them. In some cases, though, a commercial truck driver is an independent contractor, and that means you have to establish how much supervision the driver was under while performing his or her job. Establishing the level of control between the company and the driver is paramount to holding the trucking company liable.

If you have been involved in a truck or commercial vehicle accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. A good source of information is an attorney who is experienced in personal injury claims involving large trucks. He or she can advise you on who to name as defendants and fight for your rights and best interests. In addition, he or she can work on your case while you focus on your recovery.

Source: FindLaw, "Truck Accident Overview," accessed July 22, 2016

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