This is the next post in our series on the handling of Fort Worth, Texas car accident cases. Our last article provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing. It also stressed the need to retain a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling such matters. Your choice of counsel can have an impact on the outcome of your case. This is why we suggest you retain a lawyer who is board certified and who employs their own investigator. In this article we will discuss a topic which arises more than one may think – the involvement of commercial vehicles (such as those used by delivery drivers) in such accidents. If you or a loved one need assistance then contact counsel immediately.
Fort Worth employers are generally liable for car accidents caused by their employees
Employers in Fort Worth, and elsewhere in Texas, are generally liable for the acts of their employees. This liability extends to car accidents. If the driver of a delivery vehicle, or any other car or truck being driven in the course of business, causes an accident due to their negligence, then the employer will be responsible for that act as well. Furthermore, the victim may have additional causes of action against the employer. These possible causes of action stem from the employer’s responsibility to not hire those who pose a danger to society and to both adequately train and supervise their employees.
The aforementioned concepts are best explained by way of example. Say a local restaurant hires a delivery driver but does not check the individual’s background. Now say that the driver has a long list of past driving infractions (such as speeding tickets). Also, suppose that the employer does not put procedures in place to ensure that the delivery driver is following proper safety precautions. If the driver violates our traffic laws while in the scope of their employment, and causes an accident, then the employer may be sued along with the driver. Under this scenario, the possible causes of action against the employer may include negligence (for the accident itself), negligent hiring, and negligent supervision. It is important to understand that the causes of action to be brought in any given matter, however, will depend on the specific facts of the case.
Fort Worth car accident victims must retain an attorney who will fully investigate matters involving commercial vehicles
If you or a loved one have been hit by a commercial vehicle, then it is important that you retain a Fort Worth area car accident attorney who will fully investigate the matter. Such cases may involve multiple defendants. The failure to name a party can result in a victim not receiving the full amount of compensation to which they should be entitled. By retaining a lawyer who will leave no stone unturned, you improve your chances of maximizing your recovery.