The aftermath of a car accident may leave you confused and unsure who is accountable. You need to determine who is liable before you can file a lawsuit for restitution. Depending on the situation, there are several possibilities for liability.
Careful considerations about the details of the accident can help you determine who may be liable.
The other driver may be at fault
If you were in an accident with another passenger car driver, and the police report deems the other driver at fault, you can file a lawsuit against that driver.
Commercial drivers are liable for their actions
A commercial driver is responsible for any negligence that results in an accident. Whether the driver pushes beyond the permitted driving hours, drives distracted or tries to rush a delivery deadline, those actions create liability.
Businesses are responsible for their operations
Commercial trucking companies are responsible for making safe, responsible decisions and keeping their drivers safe on the road. Commercial drivers without CDLs, drivers forced to meet unsafe deadlines or vehicles that are poorly maintained are the company’s responsibility.
Manufacturers have liability for design flaws
Mechanical failures and design flaws that cause vehicle malfunctions fall under the liability of the manufacturer. Hold the manufacturer responsible if their mistakes led to your accident.
Consider the actions that led to the accident as you determine who is responsible. When you know who is liable for your injuries, that is the party you file suit against for restitution. Seek compensation for your medical costs as well as punitive damages when possible.