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What parties may be liable after a truck accident?

Being involved in any type of traffic accident could affect victim's lives for many years to come. Because of the size and weight of big commercial vehicles, truck accidents are particularly prone to causing catastrophic, permanent injuries. Following a truck crash, it is important that Iowa victims understand how to address the situation and hold the party at fault liable for the damages and losses they caused in the crash.

It is important to address truck accident liability. In some cases, a trucking company may be held liable in addition to the truck driver because employers often may be held liable for actions performed by their employees. If the accident occurred in the course of employment, this legal theory could be used to hold both the truck driver and the truck company liable for the crash.

If a criminal case is established as a result of the truck accident, a victim could also use that information to establish fault and liability. If a conviction occurs, this could help prove the fault of both the driver and the truck company.

It is important to make a detailed list of all the damages that resulted from the truck accident. This not only ensures that the victim receives compensation for all the damages and losses incurred by the accident, it could also designate what damages were caused by which party. This could help make the victim whole after the accident causing serious injuries and impacting their life greatly.

Navigating through a civil action such as a personal injury claim could be challenging after a serious incident such as a truck accident. It is important to understand the situation and options available so victims could address issues such as liability.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Truck Accident FAQ," accessed Nov. 6, 2014

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