Commercial vehicles make up a large percentage of the cars, trucks, vans, and buses on our roadways, and they are involved in many of the accidents that occur.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle — such as a taxi cab, utility truck or delivery van — you may be wondering who is responsible and what to do next.
The first thing to do after any type of serious car accident is to contact a personal injury attorney for help. (Of course, after you have notified the police and sought medical attention, if needed.)
Your attorney can help you pursue damages following the accident. Because of the legal theory of respondeat superior, employers are often liable for negligence on behalf of their employees, so it is likely the business’ insurance policy that will be on the hook for damages.
However, taking on a business and its insurer isn’t easy. Many insurance companies fight hard to avoid having to pay out claims, so your attorney will need to fight hard for your right to compensation.
In some cases, commercial vehicles have onboard data recording systems that can help determine how an accident occurred. However, these systems are only common on semi-trucks, and smaller commercial vehicles typically do not have them.
That means it can be more difficult to prove fault in accidents involving most types of commercial vehicles.
Your attorney will also have to prove the damages that you suffered as a result of the accident in order to maximize your compensation.
As you can see, fighting for compensation after an accident with a commercial vehicle can be an uphill battle, and it is important that your attorney has handled these types of cases in the past.
Our Delaware firm has plenty of experience handling commercial liability insurance claims, and we would be more than happy to assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation, and remember that you won’t pay us anything unless you win.