Recovering from injuries that are suffered in a truck accident can be painful, time-consuming, and costly. In some instances, victims are never able to fully reclaim their lives and instead are subjected to unexpected and undeserved permanent disabilities. In addition to the physical and financial damages inflicted upon truck accident victims, the emotional toll can be enormous. If you’re in this situation, then you probably need help that a successful personal injury lawsuit may be able to provide.
But securing the damages you need to adequately address your losses requires thoughtful preparation and strong advocacy. Yet, even if you put forth a strong case against a negligent trucker, you can still find yourself with a recovery that is insufficient for your needs. This is because most truckers and their insurance companies are either unable or unwilling to pay the full extent of a judgment levied against them.
So what does that mean for you? It means that you might need to consider where else you can pursue the compensation you need.
One option that is likely available to you is a vicarious liability claim. This type of lawsuit allows you to try to hold a trucker’s employer liable for the negligent actions of its employee. In order to succeed on one of these claims, you’ll have to present competent evidence showing an employee-employer relationship and that the trucker was on the job performing his or her duties at the time the accident occurred.
That might sound easy enough, but the truth of the matter is those truck companies are often aggressive in their pursuit of settlement or escaping paying damages altogether by going to trial. Therefore, you need to know how to build a strong case by utilizing the evidence and the facts at your disposal. You also need to be prepared to defend yourself, as these truck companies also often try to shift the blame onto truck accident victims.
There’s a lot to think about and sort through after being injured in a truck accident. If you want to ensure that you’re protecting your financial, physical, and emotional interests as fully as possible, then you might want to think about discussing your case with an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases.