When a truck driver switches lanes without checking for another motorist, or otherwise acts without care, they should be held accountable for any subsequent injuries. Victims of truck accidents may seek compensation for their injuries by pursuing personal injury lawsuits. These claims are based on negligence which occurs when one or more parties breach an owed duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. The breach must also be a proximate cause of a victim’s injuries and result in damages.
Trucking companies can also be held liable in many instances. Vicarious liability attaches to employers when an employee’s negligent act occurs within the scope of employment.
Once negligence is established, truck accident victims can be compensated for medical costs, lost income, property loss, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering damages.