An accident between two standard vehicles has no legal complications because there is insurance coverage for each vehicle, and that will take care of the vehicle damage as well as the medical expenditures of the victim. However, a legal challenge appears when you have an accident involving vehicles that are of different standards. For instance, your car and a truck in a collision will not lead to a straightforward resolution of the liability case. You will not be able to seek additional money from the responsible party through as it usually happens with the normal case accidents between same class cars. If harmed in a truck accident, here are the things to know.
The liability of the truck driver
You could sue the truck driver for negligence because there is a law that can cover such cases. In this case, the driver should be the one at fault by driving recklessly. Fast driving beyond the speed limit for trucks and in bends or other road obstacles could also be a reason for suing. Some other things that could help your case include evidence of using drugs or alcohol while driving and the legalities of the documents used for driving such as the license to drive in the particular location of the accident. Some drivers rely on falsified records. Such evidence could cause them to be at fault even if they did not cause the accident. On the other hand, you want to prove that the one party was responsible for the accident so that you qualify for compensation.
The truck company
Trucks that harm you might belong to an enterprise. You could sue the company for negligence instead of going after individuals. This option works well when the post-accident report shows that the truck was faulty. Faults by the driver are also part of the company’s liability because it is the one that assigns drivers to a given truck. The driver may be responsible for the accident while the truck is responsible for other aspects of the crash. In many cases, both the victim and the driver will have their attorney’s arguing their innocence, and such cases will rely on evidence of fault on the truck, which points back to the responsibility of the trucking company.
Suing other entities
The manufacturers of the truck, the company that maintains the road and the safety agencies responsible for keeping the road safe for all users are some of the external entities that you could sue for compensation. Your attorney should offer a conclusive report on your options, and your role as the client will be to choose. The choice must align with the evidence in the case and your potential to win the suit. You may have more than one party listed in your suit as long as you have reason to believe their involvement in the matter is critical to the resolution of your case.