Truck accident injuries can be utterly devastating. They oftentimes leave victims with physical limitations that reshape their daily lives, and the physical and emotional pain can be long-lasting and overwhelming. As if that isn’t enough, most, if not all, truck accident victims suffer enormous financial losses. Their serious, sometimes catastrophic, injuries are expensive to treat, oftentimes requiring multiple surgeries, medication regimens, and ongoing physical therapy. These victims might have to purchase medical equipment and remodel their homes just to make life a little bit easier. Many of them also need rehabilitative therapy in the long-term.
Shouldering these costs on your own is practically impossible, which is why truck accident victims need to consider if they can pursue a personal injury claim against the trucker who hurt them. Yet, even if a victim is successful in imposing liability on a negligent trucker, the fact remains that they are trying to recover thousands upon thousands, sometimes even millions, of dollars from someone with few assets and a modest income. In other words, these truckers usually can’t make victims whole.
Truck companies often have that ability, though, which is why accident victims need to consider if they have the ability to pursue a vicarious liability claim. These lawsuits seek to hold employers accountable for their employees’ actions. Therefore, a truck accident victim who can show that a trucker acted negligently at a time when he was on the clock and performing his job duties may be able to recover compensation from that trucker’s employer. This allows a truck accident victim to reach into a deeper pool of resources, hopefully allowing him or her to recover the full extent of his or her damages.
Truck companies are often represented by aggressive attorneys who will do just about anything to try to escape liability and paying out large sums. They are aggressive in fighting against these claims and offering settlements that are way too low. Therefore, before going toe-to-toe with one of these companies, you need to know what your claim is worth, your likelihood of success at trial, and how best to present your legal strategy. An attorney can help you with all of that if you so choose.