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Can a trucking company be legally liable in a truck accident?

Catastrophic injuries that result from another driver's negligence can wreak havoc in an accident victim's life. Not only does it place a huge emotional and physical burden on a person, but also a financial burden as medical bills pile up. One way accident victims can try to cover the financial burden associated with their crash is by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent driver, But, what happens when the other party is a truck driver who does not have the means to make their own ends meet, much less deal with a lawsuit?

The doctrine of "respondent superior" may be one way to get compensation from another party who was indirectly responsible for the truck accident. The trucking industry is the one who places the pressure on the truck driver to drive faster and work longer, causing them to become tired and distracted on the road. Therefore, the trucking company may be found legally liable for injuries that result from the negligent acts of their employees if they were conducted during the course of their employment.

What does this mean for an injured individual? This means that if an employer has authorized the act or the act is so closely related to the authorized act that the employer can be considered to have authorized it, then the act can fall within the employee's employment-related tasks.

Figuring out what falls within the course of a truck driver's employment and what doesn't can be complicated, especially with trucking companies trying to absolve themselves of any liability. Insurance companies can also be difficult to deal with, as they try to get a settlement for a minimum amount that does not substantially cover any medical expenses. Injured victims should be sure to get the right information about their legal options.

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