Unsure about who is eligible to file a lawsuit after a truck accident? Not clear about who can be sued? Our truck accident lawyers help clarify.
One of the largest looming questions for the victims of accidents with large commercial vehicles will center on the pending lawsuit itself. After all, most individuals will never have dealt with personal injury law before and will have little existing knowledge about how the steps work and what to expect. For many, the most important question will be who can sue and be sued. The truth is that cases involving trucking accidents can be complicated as liability can become a complex web. More often than not, there is a whole host of players who may be at least partially responsible for the accident. For this reason, it is crucial that no time is wasted in contacting a professional attorney to assess your situation. At Arnold & Itkin, we can discuss your case during a free consult.
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Anyone who has "standing to sue" may file a lawsuit in the aftermath of an 18-wheeler accident. Standing to sue is a legal requirement that is used to determine whether the individual bringing the suit has a personal stake in the outcome of the case, which may refer to injury, causation, and more. Most often, this will be the driver or passenger of the vehicle that was involved in the accident. However, in fatal trucking accidents, this will change as it will become a wrongful death claim.
This is where things can become trickier as it is not always obvious.
Some people and companies who may be the defendant in a truck accident case include:
Who can be sued will be entirely dependent on the case at hand. For example, if the accident was caused by truck driver negligence (ex: drinking behind the wheel), they would most likely be eligible. In some cases, it might be the trucking company who employed the truck driver for failing to properly maintain the vehicle or having negligent hiring practices. Still yet, it might be the truck manufacturer if it is found that there were defects in the design of the truck,
Due to these complications, it is highly encouraged that you contact an experienced lawyer from Arnold & Itkin to discuss your case. Fill out our online form today to request your free consultation.