Recovery From Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles
Due to the sheer size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents often cause severe injury and significant damage. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you are facing steep medical bills and serious damage to your car. But, there is someone who can help.
Pingelton Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri, stands up for those who have been injured by another’s negligence. We focus on the “personal” element of personal injury guidance by getting to know you, your needs and your goals.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, we can help you recover. If your loved one was involved in a fatal accident involving a commercial truck, we can help you and your family recover through a wrongful death suit. With over 34 years of experience in the field, attorney Dan Pingelton has the skills and experience to guide you. We can also assist those who have been in accidents involving farm equipment.
What Is Vicarious Liability?
In some truck accident cases, the driver’s employer can be held liable for the collision under the personal injury rules of vicarious liability. These rules hold employers responsible for damages caused by their employees. You also might hear this idea referred to as “respondeat superior.”
For these rules to apply, the employees need to be acting within the scope of their employment when the accident occurs. In a truck accident case, this is fairly straightforward. When a truck driver is on the highway in their truck, they are generally acting in the scope of their employment.
Pursuing vicarious liability means that you stand a better chance of recovering compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages, since employers usually have deeper pockets.