In the wake of a truck accident, a Massachusetts resident may have many questions and few answers. After tending to their injuries, an important step in seeking the recovery of their damages may be to consult with an attorney about their possible options. Individual cases are influenced by their own facts and, therefore, understanding who may be sued will depend on the circumstances surrounding the victim’s crash.
Generally, however, a truck accident victim may sue a number of potentially responsible parties. First, they may include in their list of defendants the actual driver of the truck that hit them. That driver may be responsible for causing the hazards on the road that caused the victim to be hurt.
Second, a victim may be able to sue the owner of the truck that was involved in the collision. Not all truck drivers own the rigs they drive, and, if the truck was owned by a third party, that party may have liability for any damages caused by the operation of their vehicle.
Third, an employer of the truck driver may have responsibility for the accident, as the employer may be the reason that the truck was on the road at the time of the collision. Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer can he held accountable for the actions of its subordinates.
Additional parties may be relevant to a truck accident victim’s case. Before submitting one’s claim for damages, preparing a complete and accurate list of possible defendants can help a victim organize a compelling case for the recovery of their losses.