So you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another party, and you’ve decided to file a personal injury claim.
Good work! You have taken action and made the first step towards receiving justice. You’re a responsible, hardworking individual and you aren’t backing down from those who must answer for your losses. You’re ready to armor-up! It’s now time to put your trust into the hands of the right attorney to fight for you.
This guide will walk you through the process of a personal injury lawsuit, including how to choose the right attorney, types of personal injury cases, frequently asked questions, a timeline of the process, and a checklist to help prepare you for the journey ahead.
Depending on the circumstances of your truck accident, there may be several parties who can be held liable for the damages you have suffered. Your claim may be against an individual or multiple entities that include:
The Driver – If it can be proven that the driver was driving in a negligent manner, such as driving while intoxicated, they can be held liable for the damages you suffered. As previously mentioned, driving records, write-ups, complaints against the driver, a recorded history of accidents, and drug/alcohol tests results can all be used to strengthen your claim.
The Party Responsible for the Driver – If the driver works for a company that failed to adequately train or supervise the individual, or hired the driver despite their bad driving history, they may be held liable for their employee’s actions.
The Party Responsible for Maintenance – This party can include the owner-operator, leasing company, or trucking company. These parties are responsible for maintaining the truck, keeping maintenance records, and complying with federal laws.
Defective Parts Manufacturer – If the accident is the result of a defective part, then your claim may be a product liability issue. This means you may have a right to file a lawsuit against the party who manufactured the defective truck part.
The Trailer Loading Company – If the company that loads the trailer of the semi-truck does so improperly, including overloading, it can have a negative effect on the driver’s ability to handle the vehicle safely. The loading company can be held liable if an improperly loaded trailer led to your accident.