Real Help When
You Need It Most

Since 1971, our firm has been using our skills as litigators and negotiators to help people secure the best possible results to the challenges they are facing. Let us put those skills to work for you.

Who are the potential defendants in a semi-truck collision?

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are multiple parties who may be liable for damages in a Pennsylvania car accident case. As a general rule, a court will likely hold the driver of the car that collided with yours responsible for his or her negligent behavior. In addition, any company that produced, sold or installed a defective vehicle part could be a defendant in a personal injury case.

Why a driver might be liable for damages

All motorists have a duty of care toward other drivers with whom they share the road. If an individual was drunk, distracted or driving too fast for road conditions when a crash occurred, that person has likely violated that duty of care. Therefore, the law will likely conclude that driver negligence played a role in a motor vehicle accident.

Why a company might be found liable for damages

Companies that make, sell or install vehicle parts are often held to a strict liability standard. This means that a court could hold them responsible for accidents caused by a faulty product whether they knew about a defect or not. You may be able to seek punitive damages in a civil case if a party knew about a defect and chose to make or sell it anyway.

If you get injured in a motor vehicle accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney. He or she may be able to develop a strategy to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Resolution of a case could come by negotiating a settlement outside of court or by filing a lawsuit. You typically have two years from the date of a truck accident to pursue litigation.