Significant pain and stress may result from a collision with a big rig, for both the victim and his or her family. The Cape Cod truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III have been representing people injured in these crashes since 1994. Our firm focuses exclusively on accident cases, drawing on 146 years of combined experience in this area of the law to fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients and their right to compensation. Our previous victories for the people whom we represent include many settlements in excess of $1 million.Establishing the Liability of a Negligent Trucking Company
Although state and federal laws are intended to limit the risk of truck crashes, the unfortunate truth is that some drivers get behind the wheel without the training, experience, and rest necessary to protect the safety of others on the road.
A person who has been injured in a truck accident usually has the right to seek legal remedies from the driver who was responsible for the crash. In many cases, the injured person may also bring a claim against the trucker’s employer, based on negligent entrustment or other theories of direct liability. The foundation of a negligent entrustment claim is that the employer gave the trucker the keys to a big rig and sent him out on the road, knowing that he did not have the training, experience, or ability to operate the vehicle safely. This is usually considered a breach of the duty of care that trucking companies owe to people on the road, which requires them to avoid creating foreseeable risks of harm.
The remedies available in truck accident cases often include damages for medical bills, property damage, missed wages resulting from time away from work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. To assert the right to damages, the victim must show not only a breach but also a causal link connecting the breach to the crash.
To prevail under a negligent entrustment theory in a truck accident case, the injured person (the plaintiff) first needs to show that the trucking company (the defendant) had control of the vehicle. The plaintiff also needs to show that the employer had knowledge that the driver was not fit to operate the truck at the time the vehicle was entrusted to the driver, and this unfitness must have contributed to the crash.Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case with a Cape Cod Attorney
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our Cape Cod motor vehicle collision lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping victims get back on their feet after being involved in an accident. Our firm has the experience and resources to go toe to toe with big trucking and insurance companies. We offer free consultations from our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth. Our attorneys 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 Português.