The truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III represent individuals who have been injured by a variety of careless behavior in the Cape Cod region. Many collisions are caused by a driver’s failure to account for his or her blind spots. We understand the legal issues that often arise in these cases, and we have a strong track record for helping clients pursue all of the legal remedies that they deserve.File a Negligence Claim to Pursue Compensation
Blind spots may contribute to a crash by making it harder for truck drivers to see what hazards lie around the corner, next to them, or up ahead. However, they are required to check these areas before changing lanes and in other circumstances when it is possible that a car or another vehicle might be in them.
People who are harmed when a truck driver fails to properly account for blind spots may be able to file a negligence claim against the individual responsible and possibly his or her employer. Like anyone else behind the wheel, truckers are generally considered to owe others on the road a “duty of care” to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means refraining from activity that is illegal or otherwise likely to cause a crash. In order to prove negligence, a victim needs to show that the truck driver breached this duty and that the breach caused him or her to suffer an injury. That may include a pre-existing condition made worse by the collision.
It also is necessary to identify quantifiable damages that arose from the breach. These can take the form of medical expenses, missed wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In certain extreme cases, a judge may also order a negligent party to pay punitive damages. This type of legal relief is designed to punish a negligent person or entity for gross negligence, or what courts often call “reckless disregard.”
In addition to holding the individual truck driver liable, a victim also may be able to pursue a claim against the trucking company. The entity may be held accountable under a theory of vicarious liability if the trucker was acting in the course and scope of the employment relationship at the time of the crash. It also may be possible to hold the trucking company directly liable if it improperly trained or supervised the driver whose carelessness caused the accident. When you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you will need to identify as many defendants and legal theories as possible because you have only one chance to seek damages.Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision Claim with a Massachusetts Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been harmed on a Massachusetts highway, the motor vehicle collision attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III can help. During more than 146 years of combined legal experience, we have assisted a number of clients in recovering damages for their injuries. Our previous victories include several six- and seven-figure settlements for clients hurt in auto accidents. We offer free consultations from our offices, which are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Portugues.