In the blink of an eye, a motor vehicle accident can leave you and your family reeling. The physical and emotion pain and suffering unfairly thrust upon you can make it difficult just to function on a day-to-day basis, and the financial ramifications of one of these wrecks can be devastating. Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs can quickly build, and your inability to work can strip you of your income. All of this taken together can be completely overwhelming, leaving you uncertain of your future. That’s why firms like ours are here to help.
One of the best ways to reclaim your life and ease your financial burdens is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. But if your accident was caused by a commercial vehicle like a semi-truck or a box truck, or a public transit vehicle, then your case may be a little more complicated.
One of the first things that you should be aware of is vicarious liability. This is a recognized legal theory whereby employers can be held liable for the negligent actions of their employees. Why is this important? Simply put, a delivery truck driver in his individual capacity probably doesn’t have the resources to fully compensate you for your damages. By including his or her employer in a personal injury lawsuit, though, you have the opportunity to access a bigger pool of resources that is more capable of alleviating the full extent of the harm caused to you.
Vicarious liability isn’t automatically imposed on an employer. Instead, you’ll have to prove certain legal elements. For example, you’ll have to show that the driver who caused the accident was performing his job duties while he was on the clock and providing a benefit to his employer. That sounds easy enough, right?
Motor vehicle accident cases may seem pretty straightforward on their face, but the fact of the matter is that they can be quite complicated. Inadequately addressing the intricacies of your case can leave your recovery in jeopardy, though, which is why it might be best for you to work closely with a skilled legal advocate who can assist you in building the claim that you need and deserve.
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