If you have been hit by a large commercial truck, chances are that you have sustained both property damage and physical injury as a result of the crash. A staggering number of truck accidents involving large commercial trucks occur annually on American roads and many, if not most, of these accidents cause lasting harm to those affected by them. As a result, many victims of these kinds of accidents choose to file personal injury lawsuits in order to pursue damages in connection with the harm they have suffered. In the case of fatal accidents, loved ones of the deceased often choose to file related claims.
If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit in connection with the large truck accident that caused you harm, it is important to speak with an attorney experienced in this type of claim. An attorney can evaluate your unique circumstances and give you a better sense of what your legal options are given your situation. However, you may be able to take some comfort in a few general considerations even before you speak with an attorney.
First, understand that you may be able to recover damages even if the accident was partially your fault. A number of legal theories allow for recovery when more than one party is at fault in any given harmful situation.
Second, understand that you may be able to sue more than one entity. For example, you may be able to sue the truck driver that hit you as well as his or her employer. Especially if that employer encouraged the driver that hit you to break federal Hours of Service regulations, you may be able to hold both entities accountable for the harm you have suffered.
Source: Findlaw Injured, “Tracy Morgan v. Walmart: 3 Tips for Truck Accident Lawsuits,” Daniel Taylor, July 14, 2014