Because truck drivers are capable of doing far more damage than they’re
able to afford, oftentimes victims of such accidents will find that the
truck driver does not have the financial resources to fully compensate
for the injuries the victim has sustained. If you find yourself in a similar
situation, it’s likely that your personal injury attorney will use
various theories of liability to look for other responsible parties to
be held accountable in order to achieve fair and just compensation on
your behalf. In this blog, our New Orleans truck accident attorney explains
two common theories of liability that may be used.
“Respondeat Superior” is the legal term used to describe this
theory of liability. Under this ideology, employers should be held responsible
for the actions and wrongdoings of their employees. If the truck driver
who caused your accident is an employee of a trucking line or carrier
company, you may be able to hold the trucking company responsible for
your injuries. However, these types of cases can be tough – oftentimes
trucking companies will take whatever necessary action to distances themselves
from their employers.
Companies have an obligation and duty to uphold to avoid hiring employees
they have reason to believe are likely to cause harm to themselves or
others while on the road. Under this theory of liability, if you’re
able to prove that an employer of a trucking company knowingly hired a
potentially dangerous or reckless truck driver, the employer can be held
responsible for the accident and your injuries.
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professionals. Our attorneys have a deep passion for the law and dedication
to clients. If you’ve been injured at the hands of another’s
negligence, we invite you to contact us today.
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