In a previous post, we discussed how a truck accident can have multiple defendants – several parties who together contributed to the conditions that led to the accident. In truck accident cases, these parties are often the driver and his or her employer.
It isn’t just truck accidents that can involve multiple defendants, however. A recent case in Jefferson County shows that all employers bear a certain amount of responsibility for their drivers on the roadways, not just trucking companies.
A Beaumont woman recently filed a lawsuit against a driver and his employer in connection with a 2014 collision. According to the complaint, the woman was driving her vehicle when the other driver changed lanes suddenly, striking her car on the passenger side. The woman suffered serious injuries, including damage to her back and neck.
At the time of the accident, the man was working as an employee of Digco, a utility construction company, and driving one of their vehicles. As part of her lawsuit, the woman named not only the driver as a defendant, but Digco as well. She alleges that the employer was negligent in hiring the employee, negligent in training and supervising him and negligent in entrusting the vehicle to him. The woman seeks damages in excess of $2.5 million, citing disability, pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earning potential.
Identifying defendants is an important part of any personal injury case, as it ensures that all negligent parties will be held accountable for their actions. If you were injured in a traffic accident, there may be more possible defendants involved that you may be aware of. Be sure to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more.
If you have questions about a personal injury issue, attorney Robert Greening has the answers. To schedule a one-on-one consultation at Greening Law, P.C., contact our Dallas law office online or call 972-934-8900.