If a truck driver causes an accident, a victim may be able to sue the trucking company for their injuries. In this case, a plaintiff must show that the company was negligent and reckless in causing the accident. Whether the truck driver is an employee or independent contractor will depend on his or her status.
As a passenger in a truck, you have rights and entitlements that the truck driver has as well. Moreover, he or she has a duty to maintain the safety of others on the road. This duty includes following traffic laws. Similarly, a trucking company has a duty to properly train its drivers and maintain its vehicles.
Although the truck driver may try to avoid responsibility for the accident by labeling himself or herself as an independent contractor, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. You may also be able to sue the trucking company for the loss of the victim’s income.
In some cases, the trucking company is not liable if the driver was using the truck for non-work purposes or deviating from a work schedule. The company also cannot be held liable if the truck driver was an independent contractor who could have hired someone else.
Although it is possible to sue the truck driver’s trucking firm for your injuries, the case may be more complex than suing a non-commercial driver. Therefore, it is important to get legal representation from an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Your injuries may be life changing, so a truck accident attorney can help you build a case for compensation.