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. They focus on the “personal” element of personal injury guidance by getting to know you, your needs and your goals.
In addition to personal injury representation, the firm can also help you pursue a wrongful death suit if you lost a loved one to a fatal trucking accident. With over 35 years of experience in the field, attorney Dan Pingelton has the skills and experience to guide you. He 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.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
Pingelton Law Firm is based in Columbia, Missouri, and serves clients throughout the surrounding areas. To learn more about your rights and legal options, call 573-283-0817 or contact the firm online to schedule a free initial consultation.